Larry Joe McDowell

March 4, 1954 - December 1, 2019

          Larry Joe McDowell, age 65, of Townsend, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

          Born in Havre de Grace, MD on March 4, 1954, he was a son of the late Francis W. and Eleanor Violet (Green) McDowell.  Larry graduated from Middletown High School in 1972.  He dedicated 42 years of service with Johnson Controls, where he was affectionately known as “Uncle Larry.”

          A love of the outdoors, Larry enjoyed visiting the beach with his family and vegetable gardening.  Some of his fondest memories were made with his children and grandchildren, as well as visits from his dear friends, Garry, DW, John, Bob, Johnny and Waltie, who always stayed in contact with him.  Above all, Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.

          In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Charles W. McDowell; and brother, Frankie McDowell.  Larry is survived by his wife of 30 years, Martha (Unruh) McDowell; daughters, Stephanie Money (Mike) and Jo-Ell Meekins (Larry Alfree); sisters, Judy Robinson and Patti Daniels; grandchildren, Charlee, Taylor, Keegan, Jackson, Caraline, Peyton and Lincoln; and many nieces and nephews.

          A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.


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29 Condolences for Larry Joe McDowell

  • Great friend

  • So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Condolences to the family.Great guy to work with. Truly lightened the mood whenever he was around.

  • deepest prayers to family

  • My life at JCI would not have been the same without you! You brightened my day, everyday! Your love for your family and friends was undeniable! I love you always Uncle Larry!

  • Martha I love you and I’m praying for you. Sick together and love each other. You girls take care of you momma and grandmom. If you need anything please call.
    To uncle larry, you were the one and only that treated me like family and you were my favorite McDowell. Your back with your partner in crime, dont get kicked out you 2. No short sheeting. I love you always and forever.

  • Uncle larry was my mentor he never judge always listen always guided me to do the right thing . I spent many summers with him he ALWAYS went to ocean city .i will miss him dearly

  • May your spirit soar far Sir. Love and prayers to the family.

  • Sadly missed. RIP

  • Larry loved his garden, especially growing Lima beans. Larry was a great conversationalist. If you sat down to talk to Larry, you couldn’t get a word in edgewise!! He would do anything/ help anybody. June and Tom Unruh

  • So very sorry for your loss.

  • Sending Love and Peace your way Larry! You will be missed by many.

  • Martha,
    So sorry for your loss. In our prayers.
    Deepest sympathy.
    Pearl and Kenny

  • Rest In Peace buddy

  • Martha and family,
    I am so sorry for your Loss. A classmate and friend of Larry’a during our high school years. I haven’t seen Larry for decades, however would think of him often. I will have Larry and his Family in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. God Bless!

  • We will miss you very much dad. We loved seeing you smile and making us all laugh and the way you loved your grandkids. Love Larry Jo-Ell Taylor Peyton and Lincoln.

  • To The Man that took me in and raised me as his own Daughter I will be so ever grateful for you! You worked so hard for our family so we had a good life, Thank you for being a great Husband to my mother & father to me & my brother & sister and a wonderful grandfather to my children, You were one in a million always could count on you to be there for me Thank you & I will miss you so much but I know your Happy Now your soaring high with Charlie like you wanted! Love your daughter, peanut

  • So Sorry for you and your family’s loss 🙏 🙏

  • Martha and Family,

    We are truly sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you. Love Kathy & Scott Lloyd

  • Thoughts and prayers to Uncle Larry’s family! I was blessed to meet such a man during his 42 years at JCI. Always a joker! Always good for a laugh and even some words of wisdom! He was a man that was very dedicated to his family, which he loved dearly! You will be missed by so many! Love ya Uncle Larry❤


  • We are so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Good memories of Larry in High School and graduation. We will keep your family in our prayers.♥️

  • It saddens me to hear of Larry’s passing. I was best friends with Jo-Ell in high school and spent many nights at their house as a teenager. Although I haven’t seen Larry in years he definitely made an impression on me. He was a good man and the world lost another amazing soul! Prayers to the family! God bless!

  • Sending prayers for the family. R.I.P. 🙏

  • To a life long friend who I will never forget and all the good times and memories we shared. Sleep well good buddy I’m missing you alteady.

  • So sorry. The world lost one of its best people and he will be missed.

  • So sorry for your loss.
    Thoughts & Prayers

  • Uncle Larry

    Thank you for bringing Vernon and I to Delaware 1990. Not every one gets to work with there Uncle at work (JCI) but Vernon enjoyed sharing his Uncle Larry with all. You gave us So many great childhood memories also. From Hunting , fishing, joy riding , and all the meals together when the other McDowells came into town. You never new what you would find after they left ( Practical jokes ) . Kiss mommom for me and a special hug for Frankie and Charlie and pop.

    Vernon & Dawn McDowell
    Rest In Peace

  • Rest in peace mill man.

  • Martha,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know that Larry had passed. I pray that you are well.
    Love, Patsy