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Richard N Downey

Born: Fri., Jun. 24, 1938
Died: Mon., Jan. 26, 2015


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Feb. 08, 2015
Location: VFW Post 2511


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Richard N Downey Sr. passed away on Monday, Jan. 26th,2015 at 5:00 p.m. He died peacefully at home with his son Richard, daughter-in-law Wendy and his brother Ray after a short illness.

He was born on June 24,1938 in Dravosburg, Pa. to Charles Franklin and Helen Mae Downey. He came to Indiana in1961 and worked at Midwest Steel Div. for 32 years, retiring in 1994.

Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers Charles and William, sister Ellen Marie Stroud, brother-in-law Donald (Duck) Fite. Also preceding him in death are two wives, Sarah Gaynell Downey(Fuller), Johnnie Mae Downey (Phegley), four children, daughters, Mary Helen McCauley, Judith Lynn David, sons David Allen and Charles Franklin.

He is survived by his son Richard Jr. (Wendy) and brothers James (Karen), Ray (Jeanne), Darrold (Iris), and sister Frances Jean Fite. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friend Linda Kay Downey.

Mort was a good man who enjoyed music, golf, poker, making wine and pickles, playing horseshoes and beanbags and hoisting a jug now and then. He will be sadly missed by his numerous family and friends.

Burial will be private with immediate family at Chesterton Cemetery. A celebration of Mort's life will be held at the VFW Post 2511, 1290 Wagner Rd. Porter, In. at 2:00 p.m. on February 8, 2015.

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Pamela Zylstra ("Blondie")
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Richard was a sweet, caring and kind man with a terrific sense of humor. When he was recovering at Addison Pointe in the spring of 2014 I enjoyed the banter and jokes at the lunch and dinner table among Richard, my father (Bud Ruby), Rod, and Pops. The four men each battled their physical challenges with dignity and good humor. Richard called me Blondie and gave me more than my share of grief (the good kind). He was a gentle giant and I am so thankful that our paths crossed. I send my thoughts and prayers for comfort to his family.

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