Robert Arthur Dowdell, age 83, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. Bob was born August 29, 1933 in Salem, MA, a son of Arthur & Catherine (Beaulieu) Dowdell. He joined the US Air Force in 1951 and served 20 years, retiring in 1972. After his military service, Bob worked and retired from the US Postal service. Bob was a member of the Theodore VanTassel American Legion Post # 402 in Wayland. He enjoyed walking, jogging, and most anything that involved his spending time with his family. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and kindness. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; seven children and their spouses, many grandchildren and other relatives and friends. A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be held 1 pm Tuesday at the Bath National Cemetery. The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at the Bath VA Medical Center for their great care and kindness they gave Bob. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bath VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Ave, Bath, NY 14810 or the St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.