SAWYER — 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.