Richard N. Downey,
Sr. passed away on Monday, Jan. 26th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. He died peacefully
at home, after a short illness, with his son Richard, daughter-in-law Wendy
and his brother Ray.
He was born on June
24,1938, in Dravosburg, Pa., to Charles Franklin and Helen Mae Downey.
He came to Indiana
in 1961 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
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 1290 Wagner Rd., Porter, Ind., at 2:00
p.m., on February 8, 2015.