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Nicky 'Bush' Allen Dowdy

Nicky "Bush" Allen Dowdy, 66-year-old Thermopolis resident passed away near his home on August 4, 2023.

Bush was born on August 9, 1956 to Jimmie Allen and Nellie Marietta (Mellor) in Sundance, Wyo. He graduated from Upton High School with the class of 1975.

He married Carolyn Jean Taylor; to this union three children were born, Scott, Jason and Nicole. The couple later divorced. He married Jo Marie Kruse on November 4, 2011, in Buffalo, Wyo. Together they joined their families to create a beautiful union of five children adding Justin and Dawn.

The couple lived in Thermopolis, Wyo., where he retired from the County Road and Bridge in 2018. In retirement he spent his time gardening, canning, and processing meat in his customized meat room. Many of trips were spent winning dollars against family and friends at Grass Creek. He spoiled all his fur babies. No matter the day, you could find Bush next to the fire, enjoying the warmth.

During Bush's life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting elk and being an outdoorsman. He proudly served on the volunteer fire department and ambulance service in Midwest, Wyo. As a true Wyoming roughneck, Bush had many hard labor jobs that took him many places. Working powerlines in Hawaii and across the country, and making many friends along the way. Taking after his mother, he was a talented musician who enjoyed singing and playing multiple instruments without every reading a note on a sheet of music.

Survivors include his wife, Jo of Thermopolis; sons, Scott (Mellissa) Dowdy of Avon, Ind., and Jason (Vickie) Dowdy of Spearfish, S. D .; daughter, Nicole (Justin) Streeter of Belle Fourche, S. D .; son, Justin (Christina) Hanson of Waukesha, Wis .; daughter, Dawn Hanson of Rapid City, S. D .; 16 grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; and numerous extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Mykenzie.

In lieu of flowers or gifts please send donations to Find-911 out of Cody, Wyoming.

Cremation has taken place and no formal services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be made at


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