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Eugene J. Downey, Jr.

Born: Tue., Jul. 30, 1935
Died: Mon., Dec. 7, 2015


Memorial Service At A Later Date

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 12, 2015
Location: First Church of God


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Eugene J. Downey, Jr. 80, passed away December 7th at West Woods of Niles, after an extended illness, with his loving family by his bedside.

He was born in Dowagiac, MI on July 30, 1935, to the late Eugene and Lucille (Wetzel) Downey, Sr. His mother, Lucille died when he was five years old. His father married Wanda Leach and together they raised Eugene and his brothers and sisters.

On December 15, 1961 Eugene married Dolores Jean Corkins in Grand Rapids, MI who survives.

Mr. Downey is survived by his loving wife Dolores, their daughter, Pamela (Jim) McLean, Baroda, MI, their sons, Jeffery Downey, Phoenix, AZ, Blake (Rita) Downey, Baroda, MI and Eric (Teri) Downey, South Bend, IN. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren whom he loved and cherished. He is also survived by two sisters, Judy and Pat and three brothers, Marvin, Terry and Tim.

He was preceded in death by two brother, Tom and Larry.

Eugene loved to go fishing, bowling, being on the computer and especially enjoyed being a coach for the Special Olympics and being with his family and friends. In the past he served as a church deacon.

He was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Navy and especially loved the Aircraft Carrier USS Leyte on which he served.

In lieu of flowers the family would like memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave. Ste. 310, White Plains, NY 10605 www.lls.org  or Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 11:00 AM at the First Church of God, 33180 U.S. 12, Niles, MI with Pastor Bob Jackson officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, MI.

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The HANLEY & Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” handled arrangements and extend its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Downey family.

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Pam Montgomery
   Posted Thu December 10, 2015
I remember Gene here at BLC. Laughing at the students and staff's little pranks. I've thought of him over the years and wondered how he was. Now I know he's safe and loved, and we'll see him again someday. May you feel God's hugs!

Lori Shilts
   Posted Thu December 10, 2015
I feel Blessed for the times we all shared. A wonderful man. Love and hugs to all of the Downey family. May you find comfort and hold tight to all the loving memories.

Danny Betts
   Posted Thu December 10, 2015
I knew Gene when he worked at Blossomland Learning Center. He had a special talent for working with special needs children. May his friends and family find peace during this time knowing that he used his talents to impact the lives of so many special kids. My condolences to all.

Cindy and David Goodline
   Posted Sat December 12, 2015
With deepest sympathy to you and your family. Growing up with the Downey's, he was always a kind and caring family man. He will surely be missed.

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