Rex Gaylord Dowtin
November 3, 1945 ~ July 19, 2023
Asheville, North Carolina
Resided in: Penrose, North Carolina
Rex Gaylord Dowtin, 77, of Penrose, died Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville.
Born in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Colonel Rex Dowtin and Mildred (Mooneyham) Dowtin. He spent most of his childhood in California while his father was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Rex was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, where he held the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he returned to Asheville and began what would be a long career in the utility industry.
His love of flying influenced his decision to obtain a Private Pilot’s license, and he logged countless hours in the skies. He was introduced to so many who shared his passion for flying, many of whom became his close friends. He enjoyed air races and shows, and every year would attend the Reno Air Races, which included both military and civilian demonstrations.
Rex had a passion for hunting, and particularly pheasant hunting. He would regularly travel to South Dakota to hunt pheasant with friends. He was a member and staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association, as well as the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Association.
Rex was a charismatic and life-loving soul who enjoyed, most of all, making people laugh.
He is survived by a daughter, Laura “Mackenzie” Dowtin of Midlothian, VA; and a sister, Lynn Dowtin of Leicester, NC.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Thursday, July 27 at 2:00 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Rev. Phil Roberts officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service, from 1 to 2 PM. A private burial will be held at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Asheville VA Health Care System: https://www.va.gov/asheville-health-care/work-with-us/volunteer-or-donate/#donate
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.