Pastor David McDowell

ELLSWORTH, Wis. – Pastor David McDowell, 62, of Ellsworth, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Kinnic Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in River Falls, Wis. He went to meet his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family after a 19-year battle with a brain tumor.

David was born on Sept. 7, 1951, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain. The son of David and Betty McDowell, he grew up in Kingsford. He graduated from Kingsford High School, Northern Michigan University and North Park Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree.

David married his best friend, Diane Mott at First Covenant Church in Iron Mountain June 21, 1980. He served an internship at Squaw Peak Covenant Church in Phoenix and was pastor at the Covenant Churches in Warroad, Minn., Albert Lea, Minn., and then at Bethel Covenant Church in Ellsworth.

Pastor Dave faithfully served the Lord throughout his life. He preached God’s word to everyone he met as he had a heart for all people. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, visiting with friends, cooking Italian meals, rooting for the Chicago Bears and hanging out with his faithful dog, Cocoa. He will be remembered for his positive, playful spirit – even in the midst of pain – and for 3 a.m. wake-up calls, spaghetti for breakfast, homemade noodles and ravioli’s. Saturday afternoons watching cooking shows and nights watching Walker Texas Ranger and M.A.S.H., and sharing his love for Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane McDowell; children, Joshua (Shelby) McDowell of Colorado Springs, Colo., Seth McDowell of Minneapolis, Aaron (Chelsea) McDowell of Chicago and Hannah (Ben) Johnson of Rochester, Minn; grandchildren, Jackson McDowell, Rorie McDowell and Sullivan McDowell; parents, David and Betty McDowell; siblings, Dan (Lynn) McDowell, Sandie (Todd) Essendrup, Douglas (Marti) McDowell, and DuWayne (Julie) McDowell; many nieces and nephews; in-laws, Donald and Helen Mott and their family; and many wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Violet King Galloway, Joseph Sacchetti Sr., David W. McDowell Sr., and Francis Gardner; great-grandparents, George and Edna King; and sister-in-law, Deborah Anderson.

Funeral services for Pastor McDowell will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at Bethel Covenant Church in Ellsworth.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the church and for one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.

To express an online condolence go to and go to the guestbook for Pastor McDowell.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ellsworth, is serving the family.