Leo Dowd
 - 2/11/2004

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Leo J. Dowd, age 93, of Columbus, Nebraska died Wednesday; February 11, 2004 at his home. Funeral Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday; February 16, 2004 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus with Reverend Tom Weisbecker officiating. The Holy Rosary will be said 3:00 p.m. Sunday at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday with a 7:30 p.m. Vigil Service at St. Bonaventure Church. Visitation continues Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Burial is in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the St. Bonaventure Building Fund, Columbus Community Hospital Foundation or donors choice.

Leo J. Dowd was born April 1919, 1910 in Wolbach, Nebraska to John Henry and Rose (McNally) Dowd. In 1939 he was united in marriage to Eileen P. O'Malley in O'Neill, Nebraska. Mr. Dowd began his business career in 1932. He was the founder of Dowd Oil Company in Schuyler and Columbus, Dowd Grain Company of Aurora and O'Neill, Dowd & Stolz Transfer, Inc. of Norfolk, Dowd and Schutt Gravel Company of Schuyler, Dowd Industries of Columbus, and O'Neill Farms in Holt County. Dowd was president of St. Marys Hospital in 1972 and was instrumental in bringing about the merger with Behlen Hospital to form what is now Columbus Community Hospital.

Mr. Dowd volunteered for many community organizations including serving as president of the Platte College Foundation; director of the executive board of the Mid-American Boy Scouts; member of the 21st District Court Judicial Nominating Commission; and president of Industries, Inc., a community corporation that made land available to new industry. He served as a trustee of St. Bonaventure Parish, served as chairman of the Building Committee for the new St. Bonaventure School Library, served three terms as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus Council at Schuyler, served one year as state membership chairman for the Knights of Columbus, served as president and remained as chairman emeritus of the Omaha Archdiocesan Educational Foundation, and was a member of the Archbishop's Committee for Educational Development.

He is survived by:

Wife: Eileen P. Dowd of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Deanna Dowd of Lincoln, NE
Daughter: Coni Dowd-Molvig (Charles Molvig) of O'Neill, NE
Daughter: Colleen (Thomas) Hall of Crestone, CO
Daughter: Noreen (Terrence) Shaughnessy of Omaha, NE
Son: Duane J. (Frances) Dowd of Omaha, NE
Son: Larry (JoAnn) Dowd of Columbus, NE
Son: Michael L. (Marilyn) Dowd of Crestone, CO
Brother: Harold Dowd of Schuyler, NE
Sister: Charlotte (Fred) Wesch of Fremont, NE
Grandsons: Conor Hall of Crestone, CO
Patrick Hall of Crestone, CO
Liam Hall of Crestone, CO
Brendan Shaughnessy of Omaha, NE
Matthew Dowd of Omaha, NE
Jake Dowd of Lincoln, NE
Aaron Dowd of Washington, D.C.
Mark Dowd of Columbus, NE
Granddaughters: Maura Hall of Crestone, CO
Eileen Shaughnessy of Omaha, NE
Bridget Shaughnessy of Omaha, NE
Kelley (Dowd) Curley of Garden City, NY
Meghan Dowd of Omaha, NE
Kayla Dowd of Columbus, NE
Great Granddaughters: Frances Curley of Garden City, NY
Mary Margaret Dowd of Omaha, NE
Great Grandson: Patrick Dowd of Omaha, NE

He was preceded by:

Father: John Henry Dowd
Mother: Rose Dowd
Brother: Donald Dowd
Brother: Gerald Dowd
Brother: John M. Dowd
Sister: Loretta Mack

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