Allen C. Dowling - age 93, of Mud Mill Road, died June 6, 2022 at the Veterans Administration Center at Togus Maine after an extended illness.
He was born in Newton, Mass. on Nov. 3, 1928 the son of Allen A. Dowling and Anna (Milne) Dowling.
Allen attended Augusta schools, graduating from Cony High School in the class of 1947.
After high school, he worked for Augusta Fruit Co. before joining the Army. He served from 1950-1952 in Korea.
In 1953, he started his own candy & cigarette route, called Augusta Tobacco. He retired as supervisor of cooks in 1989 from the Togus V.A. Center after 30 years of service. He then opened Al’s Sulky Restaurant in Chelsea from 1990-1998.
Allen was involved in horseracing since the age of 14. He owned and drove many standardbreds throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Maine Harness Horseman’s Association, United States Trotting Association and Maine State Breeders Association.
Allen was a Lifetime member and Past Commander of American Legion Post #2 of Augusta; Lifetime member of Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks #964 of Augusta; Lifetime member of Fraternal Order of Eagles of Augusta; member of Disabled American Veterans; Blinded Veterans Association and Korean War Veterans.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving is his loving wife, Marcella (Johnson) Gallagher Dowling of Chelsea, ME; his daughter, Sharon Krechkin; granddaughter Cortney Tanner & husband James; 2 great-grandchildren, Reeve & Harlow Tanner of Windsor; brother-in-law William White & Desanges; special cousins Betty Westgate and Gerine Dowling; his step children, Tammy & Ed Symes, Randy Gallagher & partner Sharon, Peter Gallagher, Jeff Gallagher & partner Dawn, Michael Gallagher & partner Crystal; 11 step grandchildren and many step great grandchildren; sister-in-law Mary Jane Hinds; Gail Parker & husband Dana; brother-in-law Bruce Johnson and wife Linda.
There are no planned public visiting hours. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Wednesday June 22, 2022 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Western Ave., Augusta. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Augusta. A Celebration of Life will follow at American Legion Post #2, 7 Legion Drive, Augusta, ME.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.
Memorial donations may be made to: American Legion Post #2, 7 Legion Drive, Augusta, ME, or Elks Veterans Program, P.O Box 2206, Augusta 04338-2206.