Vernon R. Dowty, 86, Ossian, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22.
He was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Middlebury, a son of Virgil V. and Mary E. (Bloss) Dowty.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He worked at Martin's Feed Mill, New Paris and Ossian, and later worked for G&H Fertilizer which became Helena. He then worked various jobs around the Ossian community and most recently driving truck for Ossian Packing.
He was a longtime member at Grace Baptist Church, Bluffton, Cornhuskers Association and the Wheels of Yesteryear.
Vern was active in the community, serving 30 years on the Ossian State Bank board. In October 2016, Vern had the chance to go on an Honor Flight with his son, Bill, to Washington D.C.
Surviving family include his wife of 64 years, Jean Dowty; son, Bill (Phyllis) Dowty; grandson, Sam (Cassie) Dowty; great-grandchildren, Grayson, Raelynne and Lyla; sister, Mary Ellen Stump; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by brother, Dean Dowty; and two sisters, Cheri Gall and Lois Hershberger.
Funeral services took place Monday, Nov. 27, at Grace Baptist Church, 1621 S. 350 East, Bluffton, with burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Bluffton.
Arrangements with Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 W. Mill St., Ossian. Condolences may be left online at www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com.
Published on November 28, 2017