Richard "Dick" L. Downing

Born: Wed., Nov. 15, 1939
Died: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 01, 2017
Location: Pioneer

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Fri., Dec. 01, 2017
Location: Pioneer

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Richard “Dick” L. Downing, 78, of Pioneer passed away early Wednesday morning at his home.  He was born November 15, 1939 in Bridgewater Township to Wayne Otis and Pauline Lucille (Clark) Downing.  On March 30, 1963 he married Carolyn D. Boothman in Angola, Indiana and she survives.  Dick proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves.

Dick retired from ARO Corp in Bryan after 43 years of service.  He also worked at Winzeler Stamping in Montpelier for many years.  Dick also farmed his own land.  He was a member of the Legion in Pioneer and the Horseman’s Association in Montpelier, he raced and trained horses in harness racing.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; five children, Kevin Downing of Swanton, Christine Downing of Bryan, Frank Downing of Pioneer, Tracey (Mike) Clark of Camden, Michigan and Casey Downing of Defiance; five grandchildren, Jessica, Scott, Alisha, Jerrica and Andrea; seventeen great grandchildren, Tyler, Alex, Nate, Macaila, Devon, Chase, Christian, Taylor, Chrystalynn, Cierra, Corinna, Clayton, Trenton, Jack, Kaden, Lincoln and Joslin; three brothers, Jack (Charolette) Downing of Pioneer, Ted (Rae) Downing of Pioneer, and Robert Downing of Florida; one sister Lorraine Wise of Hillsdale, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Jason Seabolt, and brother Denny Downing.

A time to receive friends will be on Friday, December 1st from 11am-1pm at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer.  Services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Matt Brown to officiate.  Military Honors will be presented by the Pioneer Veterans at the Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Montpelier Rehabilitation Services.

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Tina York
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
Richard, I thank you for everything you have ever done for me and allowing me to be a part of your wonderful family. I will always keep the memories I have with you tucked deep in my heart forever. You were an amazing man and as my mind races with memories of you my heart feels sad. I will always think of you as a Father. You and Carolyn are two of the most wonderful and heart warming people I have ever known. I love both of you beyond words that could ever be written. I thank you so much again. And to the rest of the family, I love you all also, hugs and prayers to each and everyone of you.

Terri Ely Geren
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
To the Downing family
I want to send my love to all of you; it is hard to loose someone you love, we all have our time. I always liked talking with Richard way back in the day when I spent so much time at your house, I always felt welcome there. May Richard find peace in heaven and all of you here on earth until you can all meet again. Love to all of you. Terri

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