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Edwin Dowis

December 28, 1948 — December 18, 2021

Merrill

Edwin Dowis, 72, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Saturday, December 18th, 2021.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Edwin was born to Kendal and Ema Jon Dowis on December 28th, 1948.  They lived in many places as his father was an Air Force pilot.  He spent his teenage years in California.  Edwin proudly served in the US Army in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart.

He was united in marriage to Sharon Soltes on November 10th, 1979. Edwin was an avid collector of fossils, coins, old bottles, and other artifacts.  He loved fishing, and nothing made him happier than being a Grandpa.

Edwin is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Edwin's memory will forever be held in the hearts of his wife, Sharon; children, Dan Soltes, David Dowis, and Pamela (Dave) Johnson; sister, Laura Smith; grandchildren, Julia (Ben) Reindl, Amelia Johnson, and Everett Dowis; and numerous other family members, friends, and brothers in arms.

Memorial gathering will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, with military rites held at 1:30 PM at the funeral home. A time if visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Gathering

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Starts at 1:00pm (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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Military Honors

Saturday, June 18, 2022

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302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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Visitation

Saturday, June 18, 2022

2:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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