Bryan Stahl Downey Jr.

October 21, 1958December 14, 2018

Bryan "Bart" Stahl Downey, Jr. age 60 passed away Friday, December 14, 2018. He was born October 21, 1958 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is the son of Bryan Stahl Downey and Shirley Ann (Gilbert) Downey. His parents preceded him in death.

Bart served our country in the U.S. Marines. After being honorably discharged, he worked at Tonopah Test Range Airport in Nye County, Nevada where they tested the Stealth Bomber. When he and his family moved back to Michigan, he was employed by Decker Manufacturing, where he provided more than 20 years of service. Bart will always be remembered as having a kind and gentle soul with a smile that would light up a room. He was an avid sports fan, who loved the Green Bay Packers as well as the Baltimore Orioles. He also enjoyed canoeing, playing pool and horseshoes, listening to music, especially the Beatles.

He is survived by his four daughters, (Mackenzie Downey, Hannah Downey, Sydney Downey and Corey Downey), two grandsons (Nicholas Lauricella and Clay Besgrove), two sisters (Cindy Baily and Debbie Bombarito), three nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Bart's life will be held on Saturday, January 5th, 2019. Visitation will be at 10:00am followed by the service at 11:00am with Pastor David Boedecker officiating at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 Lutheran Blvd., Albion, Michigan. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Albion Eagles (2498 East Michigan Avenue) at 5:00pm.

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  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Douglas Freeman

January 4, 2019

Bart and I were friends from elementary school through high school. One of the best friends a guy could have. We shared a lot back in those days. I know I will always look back fondly and think of the guy how his smile would light up a room, his personality was warm and genuine. You will be missed my friend, rest in peace. Prayers to the family.

Mary Kleiman (Honeywell)

December 19, 2018

I’m very sad to hear about Bart. I did not know him as an adult, only as a kid living with Mom and Dad and sisters out on M -99, with dog Tuck. He must have been a sweet man because he came from a sweet family. His Grandma, Lydia, and my dad were sister and brother. I am sad for all of you. But, thinking of you Cindy and Debbie. Peace and love.

Gary & Marie (Prue) Butler

December 19, 2018

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your lost. Memories from the Devereaux days .

Elizabeth Ruff-Tarr

December 19, 2018

Mike and I are so sorry, we love you All! Know that we are thinking of you❤️

Joni and Walt Pinkham

December 18, 2018

There are no words to express how I am feeling right now. Your Dad was such a nice guy. I have many memories sitting on the porch just talking. Swim meets, activities and so many other things. Our heart is breaking for you. We love you and you can always call anytime. You are in our prayers, in our thoughts and always, always in our hearts.

Lots of love always,
CDub and Joni

Don Inns

December 18, 2018

Proud to have served with Bryan in the Marines and in Beirut.

Peace be with him and his entire family.