Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Robert K. McDowell, 85

Mr. Robert K. McDowell, a lifelong resident of Ellwood City, passed away on July 30, 2020 at UPMC Jameson in New Castle.

Mr. McDowell was born April 4th, 1935 in Ellwood City to the late Paul A. and Thelma L. (Main) McDowell. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1954. He then enlisted into the U.S. Army (Active and Reserves) beginning in the late 1950s, serving in the Corps of Engineers, until his discharge in 1964. He often shared stories about his tours on duty while serving in South Korea, at Ft. Lewis in Washington, and in the Army Reserves out of Pittsburgh. Mr. McDowell worked for U.S. Steel from the 1950s through the early 1980s until they closed, he later worked for McDonald Works in Ohio. He dearly loved all things Pittsburgh sports, spending time with (and devoted to) his mother Thelma, working around his house, visiting family through the years in California, Indiana, and Ohio, and taking care of animals, especially his dog, Jacque.

He is survived by his sister, Gaylene Russell of Dayton, Ohio, his nieces, Melody, Pam, Lori, Darcy, and Dawn Starr all of California, Michelle Price of Maryland, and Tammy O’Bryant of Ohio. Nephews, Robert McDowell of Virginia, Larry, Paul, and Brett O’Bryant of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Beverly A. Starr in 2006, and a brother, Ronald M. McDowell in 2014.

He will be greatly missed.

As per Mr. McDowell’s wishes there will be no public visitation or services, inurnment will be at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.. Online condolences can be made at


  • Michelle price Posted July 30, 2020 12:23 pm

    I will miss you forever Uncle Bob I’m so happy that you got to recognize us when we came up before you slipped away thank you so much for teaching me so much and every time I work on the grass or cut the hedges or pull weeds or work on the car and wash it just watching the Steelers Penguins Pirates games you always be in my heart. I will think of you I love you

  • Mary Louise DeJulius Hetrick Posted August 1, 2020 10:30 am

    Gaylene Russell
    So sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing.
    Many fond memories of my time spent with you and your family.
    Think of you often.
    Mary Louise and Tom Hetrick
    Tiffin Ohio

  • barbara and donald mount Posted August 1, 2020 2:38 pm

    Bob was a wonderful neighbor for many years .

  • Hank Glogowski Posted August 2, 2020 4:23 pm

    Lori Starr Person:

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I remember bringing you to Ellwood to visit the family once.
    Retired CPSC

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