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Vernon Dowling

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 9:33 a.m. CST

PERU — Vernon F. Dowling, 91, of  Peru, formerly of Oak Brook and Sarasota, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Manor Court of Peru.

Born April 15, 1923, in Rock Hall, Md., to Frank and Claudia Smith Dowling, he married Evelyn Peterson Sept. 24, 1945, in LaGrange. She preceded him in death.

He was the CEO and chairman of the board of Mutual Trust Life Insurance in Oak Brook until retiring. He was a World War II Navy veteran serving in the European and African Theatres. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Podolak of Peru and Dolly Hanson of Lakeville, Minn.; two grandchildren, Casey (Jennie) Hanson and Skylar Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Chandler, Riley and Liam Hanson; one sister, Amy Leaverton of Chestertown, Md.; and several nieces and nephews residing in Hawaii, Oregon, California, Illinois and Maryland.

He was also preceded in death by one brother.

No local services are planned. Burial will be at West Lake Chapel Cemetery in Rock Hall, Md. The Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family.

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