Born May 4, 1949, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of the late John Andrew Downing and Marion Eberhard Downing, he was in the National Guard for two years, owner/operator of Downing Farm & Home in Malden, a member of the Malden United Methodist Church, a member of the Malden Arts Council, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Malden Country Club since the age of 18 and a board member. He was an avid golfer, and a graduate of Malden High School.
On March 27, 2004, in Malden, he married Carol Hatley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anne Downing.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Tuesday, May 17, at Landess Funeral Home in Malden.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 18, at Landess Funeral Home Chapel in Malden with Rev. Susan Marner-Sides officiating.
Burial will follow in the Park Cemetery at Malden.