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William O. "Bill" Downs, 74, Anderson, passed away Feb. 5, 2017, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Anderson, and was a 1960 graduate of Highland High School and attended Purdue University. He retired from Delco Remy in 1996 as a toolmaker after 35 years and was a member of the UAW-CIO Local 662.
Bill was a Little League baseball coach for 20 years and loved watching his grandchildren play sports. He was an avid camper at the Pick-A-Spot Campgrounds, bowled in many leagues at Cooper's Sport Bowl and enjoyed woodworking making many wooden toys for his family.
Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carmelia "Kay" Downs of Anderson; three children, Jeff (Faith) Downs of Pendleton, and Melissa (Mark) Tomlinson and Brian Downs, all of Anderson; nine grandchildren, Kasey (Jeremiah) Kiel, Morgan (Tim) Quick, Chelsea Boren, Chase (Jessica) Lamb, Kirsten Tomlinson, Brycen Downs, Colton Downs, Ryan Downs and Ryleigh Downs; seven great- grandchildren, Isabell Waldrep, Peyton Tomlinson, Nathan Lamb, Brianna Bower, Kari Boren, Dyllan Quick, Ariana Kiel and a great-grandchild to come, Baby Quick; one brother, Tim (Sandee) Downs of Anderson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edmund and Diane, Boyd and Dawn, Anita and Dale and Doris and Larry; two cousins, Randy Tharp and Pam Marvell; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. and Glenna Downs; a grandmother, Lucy Tharp; aunt and uncle, Otho and Mary Tharp; and a brother-in-law, Edward Smock.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory with Chaplain Rob Mifflin officiating. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolence may be made at www.brownbutzdiedring.com.
Published on February 7, 2017
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