Dr. Richard McDowell, 84, of Nebo, NC passed away on October 20, 2022. He was born on November 6, 1937 in Lake Elsinore, CA to the late Charles and Loretta McDowell.
Richard served in the US Navy before graduating medical school. Dr. McDowell practiced as an OB/GYN for 40 years in Massachusetts as he found delivering babies to be very rewarding and suited his patient and calm nature. Richard retired to Asheville, NC in 2005 and continued working two jobs at Michaels and Ingles, where he worked full time until his passing. In time off work Richard was an avid lover of the outdoors and especially fond of America's national parks where he spent decades skiing, climbing, mountaineering, and photographing.
Dr. McDowell is survived by his three children, Lindsay McDowell, Allison McDowell, and Ryan McDowell in addition to his grandson Ace Hodge.
Military honors will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Beam Funeral Services.