Gordon Ray McDowell, 87, formerly of Cave In Rock, Illinois, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He was born August 8, 1927 in Cave In Rock, IL, to the late Manford and Mildred (Shore) McDowell. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a past member of Cave In Rock Christian Church and Lone Oak Church of Christ in Paducah, KY. After graduating Cave In Rock High School and attending Lockyear Business College, Gordon worked as safety director for Minerva Fluorspar Mines in Hardin County. He later became Postmaster of the Cave In Rock Post Office, from where he retired. In loving memory and honor of National Postal Workers Day, Gordon considered it an honor to serve the public as Postmaster in our hometown of Cave In Rock. He was also a longtime member of the Cave In Rock Masonic Lodge. Gordon is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce McDowell; two sons, Mitch McDowell of Mt. Vernon, IL, and Mike McDowell of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters, Phyllis Frailey and Cindy Maxam of San Antonio, TX; one brother, Gathel McDowell of Marion, IL; one sister, Veldine Riggs of Marion, IL; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Warren. Services were held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave In Rock with interment in Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. A precious link is missing from our family. I keep hearing a voice that says ‘Grieve not for me’ Remember the best times, The laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls. I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin. Until the day comes we’re together again.