John D. McDowell, 88

John D. McDowell, 88, of Millville, Del., formerly of Ellicott City, Md., passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born Aug. 11, 1931, in Burns, Wy., son of the late Walter McDowell and Belle (Steele) McDowell.

McDowell proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After his discharge, McDowell briefly worked as a Capital Police officer and then went to work at the United States Capital, in the Senate Document Room, retiring in 1985. After moving to Delaware in 1999, he worked at Bear Trap in Ocean View as the head landscaper for almost 10 years before completely retiring.

He volunteered countless hours at the Boys & Girls Club in Maryland, where he coached all types of sports. He loved gardening and working in his yard, and was a Redskins fan. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and a role model by all who knew him.

McDowell is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Virginia (DiFrancis) McDowell; five children, Donna Krajewski of Millville, Michael Minard of Milton, Del., Tommy Minard of New Market, Md., Greg Minard and his wife, Kelly, of Millsboro, Del., and Shawn McDowell and his wife, Jen, of Ocean View, Del.; and 10 grandchildren, Casey, Natalie and Shane Minard, Michael and Tim Krajewski, Madison and Mathew Minard, Courtney Minard, and Austin and Brayden McDowell.

Services and burial were to be be private. Condolences may be sent online at In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society (