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John Fletcher "Bubba" McDowell, 84, of Kalkaska, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at his home. Bubba was born on Jan. 16, 1934 in Kilbourne, Louisiana to Gurvis and Jewell (Newell) McDowell. He graduated from Kilbourne High School in 1952. He married Minne Eloise "Tut" Kinney in Aug. 1952. Three children were born to this union. They moved to Kalkaska in 1973. Tut passed away in 1988 after 36 years of marriage. In 1989, he met and married the love of his life Alma Groesser (Anderson) at the All Faith Chapel by Father Fred; and Bubba acquired three more grown children.
Bubba worked in the oilfields in Odessa, Texas. He farmed in Louisiana and pipelined in many more locations. In Kalkaska, he went into business with his brother-in-law, Larry and created B & L Hotshot Trucking. In the early 80's, Bubba and his son, Rickey started McDowell & Son's. He was co-founder and co-owner of Grandview Golf Club. He retired in 1996.
Before moving to Kalkaska, he didn't understand why people would hit a little white ball and then chase it in a pasture. He became addicted to golf and played every day that ended in "Y". He and Alma motor homed to Texas for 10 years before building their dream home at the Packsaddle, later The Lighthouse Country Club in Kingsland, Texas for another 10 years.
Surviving Bubba is his loving wife of 29 years, Alma; children, Donna Gail (Brad) Yohe, John Rickey (Linda) McDowell, Barry Scott McDowell, Renee (Kerry) Creel, Matthew (Sandy) Groesser, and Greg (Valerie) Groesser; his "adopted" son, Royce (Terry) Thomas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Claudine Stephens, of Kilbourne, Louisiana, Edward Harper (Joyce) McDowell, of Kilbourne, Louisiana, Joan Priddy, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, James (Barbara) McDowell, of Kalkaska; and special nephew, Michael (Pet Coon) Stephens, of Coffeeville, Mississippi. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at Kalkaska Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. with final visitation beginning at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Kalkaska Funeral Home. Dan Johnson will officiate the service.
A luncheon will follow at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Kalkaska Commission on Aging or Father Fred Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on February 15, 2018
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