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Ronnie Gene McDowell, 72, Ashland, died Oct. 9, 2017, at home.
He was born March 2, 1945, in Malone.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Billie Jean Rice McDowell; and his third wife, Opal Marie McDowell.
Ronnie served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1969, was honorably discharged and stationed at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia. He retired in 2015 from the Ashland Salvation Army and was a member of American Legion Post 76.
He is survived by his first wife, Sandra Lee Holbrook; one son, Ronnie Dean McDowell; two grandsons, Ronnie Keith Mcdowell and Martin Grubb; a granddaughter, Billie Jean Tackette; his ex-wife, Sarah Vanellen; two stepsons, Eddie Bosley and Joseph Grubb; and six stepdaughters, Marie Thomas, Armenda Bishop, Denise Franklin, Brenda Allen, Teresa Geeting and Robin McCoy; and a host of extended family.
Graveside service will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Kentucky Veteran's Cemetery North East in Greenup County.
Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 1, 2017
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