Robert J. Downs - Morgan County Herald: Obituaries

Robert J. Downs

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Posted: Monday, January 4, 2021 4:07 pm

Robert J. Downs, 89, of Chesterhill, died in the morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, while at home on his hilltop farm after just a two-week diagnosis of glioblastoma.

Robert was born on February 14, 1931, in Shawnee, one of nine children to the late, Grace (Cronin) and Michael Downs.

A traditional man, Bob left school and headed for a life of honor. He served his country as any proud man can in the United States Marine Corps. While he enlisted in 1948, Sergeant Downs would continue his bravery and sacrifice through the Korean Conflict until his tour ended in 1952. Following his stint with the Marines, Robert returned home to Ohio where he worked as a job setter for General Motors for the next few decades until his retirement. He continued his service to his fellow veterans by remaining involved and active in the VFW Trimble Township Post No. 9866, where he was currently the oldest member. A great joy that Bob had was for the work done on his family’s farm. Some of his happiest memories were made while bailing hay or helping his son with their heads of cattle.

With his stoicism as a soldier, and his humility as a farmer, Robert’s greatest attribute was the unending love and appreciation he had for his family. He truly was a man for whom blood always ran thicker than water; his proudest times in life were the precious moments he spent being a father, grandfather and great-grandfather and an absolutely devoted husband to his late wife, Elma Mae. His family grieves through a vale of memories and times gone by but are grateful for the man who taught them how to live life.

Left to mourn his passing are his children, Joyce (John) Marsh and Craig (Shannon) Downs; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Thomasina) Kellner, Heather (Adam) Brown, and Tiffany (Betsy) Downs; his great-grandchildren, Caleb Kellner, Keigan Kellner, Haylee Brown, Matthew Brown, and Akillya Keplinger; and his siblings, James Downs, Floyd (Judy) Downs, Charles (Pam) Downs, and Harry (Carole) Downs.

In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elma Mae (Mingus) Downs, who died May 14, 2017; and his siblings, Richard Downs, Jacob Downs, Betty Campbell, and Leona Clapsaddle.

The Downs family received friends Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at the Goebel Funeral Home, 36 N. Buckeye St., Crooksville.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 4, at the funeral home.

Robert was buried in Dew Cemetery next to his wife. Full military honors were rendered by the United States Marine Corps in conjunction with his brothers of the VFW.

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