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Alger Dow

Alger L. Dow

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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Obituary of Alger L. Dow
Alger “Al” Dow, 84, of Sawyer, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was blessed to be at home under the loving care of his wife of sixty-two years, Anne and his son, Craig. Al was born on December 7, 1934, the third son of Owen A. and Verabell C. (Schultz) Dow in Hillsdale, Michigan.Al was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Family gatherings were joyous occasions and a time when all could enjoy some of Al’s marshmallow peanut candies or his famous Chex mix. He could be found laughing and sharing stories while enjoying his cold MGD.Al was a proud, lifelong foundryman, working at numerous foundries in the Midwest and reluctantly retiring from Bosch at the age of 70. He had great respect for those he worked with and was a father figure to many.Al was a generous man, always willing to help a friend or neighbor. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, always asked about what was going on in your life – truly a kind man. Raised on South Sand Lake in Hillsdale, Michigan, along with his three brothers, he learned to fish and carried that love throughout his life. He was a master handyman, from fixing washers to redoing floors, he could do it all.He is survived by his soul mate, Anne (Rockwood) Dow, whom he married on March 2, 1957, at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hillsdale, Michigan. He is also survived by his children, Kirk (Ronda) Dow, Craig Dow, Lisa (Jim) Koth, Linda (Phil) Marshall, Andrew (Kristen) Dow, Brian (Janelle) Dow, and Jason Dow; his beloved grandchildren Stephanie (Jim) Sobota, Theresa (Andrew) Flanagan, Lindsey Koth, Stuart (Amber) Marshall, Natalie Marshall, Kelsey Stevenson, Drew Dow, Owen Dow, Emmet Dow, Alexander Dow, Evelyn Dow; and his great granddaughter, Leighelle Sobota.He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, DeWayne Dow, Wendell Dow, Marlin Dow; and daughter in law, Patricia Dow.Al will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.Family and friends will gather Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East in Three Oaks, with recitation of Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 5760 Sawyer Road in Sawyer.Al will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery in Chikaming Township where he will be accorded full Military Honors.Contributions in memory of Al may be made to either, Saint Agnes Catholic Church, 5760 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, Michigan 49125, or, Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.
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Todd Marquart

Posted at 12:00am
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences. He may be gone but he will NEVER be forgotten. Al was my foreman at Bosch from 1993 until he retired. Kind, funny, sharp as a tack, I stood side by side with him in good times and bad and, much as our molding machine molded sand, he molded me into the man I am today. He took me under his wing early on during my tenure and indoctrinated me into the ways of foundry survival. He always liked to say that "you can take the man out of the foundry, but you cannot take the foundry out of the man." So true. I am eternally grateful for the time we had together and the memories he indelibly etched into my mind through his father like patience and wisdom. He was not so much a boss as he was a mentor and a friend. Countless men (including myself) literally walked through fire for him without batting so much as an eyelid or having a second thought because he did the same for us--never flinching and always leading by example. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
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Tom and Barbara Doepker of Three Oaks, MI

Posted at 12:00am
Ann and all the family, new are so very sorry for your loss. Are prayers are with you. God bless, Tom and Barb
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Fredrick Martin of Chicago, IL

Posted at 12:00am
My condolences to the Dow family on the loss of your dear father.
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Felicia Tyler of Sawyer

Posted at 12:00am
I'm so very sorry for your loss, sending prayers for your family
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Kelly Cattaneo of Apopka Fl.

Posted at 12:00am
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Al will be truely missed by us all. I will thinking of all of you this afternoon.
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