March 14th, 1973 – March 7th, 2017

After serving 4 years in the Corps., Bill began to search for a career that fulfilled his desire to serve others. He placed an article from the Houston Fire Department in his bible, and prayed he’d get the job. October of 2000, his prayers were answered, and he graduated from the Houston Fire Academy. 13 years later, and never missing a promotion, he was made Captain.

Searching for his purpose, he met the woman who would change his life forever. On September 15, 1993, while home on boot leave from his new found career in The United States Marine Corps., he married his beautiful bride Jacki. The Dowling family established their roots, and 3 amazing children followed. Two boys and one girl, all who were his pride and joy. He absolutely loved his job as a firefighter, almost as much as he loved being a devoted husband and father. His time here on this earth was cut short, but he lost his life doing what he loved… fighting fires. He left behind many friends and loved ones who adored him and will miss him dearly.

WILLIAM "IRON BILL" ROSS DOWLING