A well-known Eldon man was recently honored with a Quilt of Valor for his service as a sergeant in the United States Army Air Forces from July 1946 to 1949.

A well-known Eldon man was recently honored with a Quilt of Valor for his service as a sergeant in the United States Army Air Forces from July 1946 to 1949.

The quilt, presented by the Rock Island Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, was crafted by Ruthann Eidson and Julie Rush and signifies Dowler’s service and sacrifice to the nation and local community in many ways over his lifetime.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army in 1949, Dowler served in the National Guard first in the Live Aviation Fixed Wing Division and later in the 129th Field Artillery Division.

He graduated from college in Warrensburg in 1953 and taught American History for 35 years at Eldon High School. During his tenure with the Eldon School District, he also served as the Department of Social Studies director for the high school and junior high as well as audio visual director for the district.

In 1988, the year he retired from teaching, he was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award for the Central District from the Missouri State Teachers Association. He also served as county commissioner for the first district of Miller County.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a grassroots group of quilters from all across the U.S. Their mission is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war.

Dowler’s quilt is officially registered with the Quilts of Valor Foundation.