OBITUARY

Dr. Thomas F. Downey

July 10, 1947April 14, 2021
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On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Dr. Thomas F. Downey, beloved husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 73 in Carmel, Indiana.

Tom was born on July 10, 1947, to Robert and Emma (Bowman) Downey. During his Sophomore year at Purdue University, he met Judy Claeys and they were married in June of 1968. They raised two children, Christopher and Camille.

Tom graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1969. He worked for Union Oil for three years and acquired his pilot's license before pursuing his medical degree at Indiana University and graduating in 1976 as a Doctor of Medicine. In 1980, Dr. Downey began his OB/GYN practice at the Woman's Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. During his 37 years of practice, he held membership with the ACOG, worked weeknights at Riggs Community Center, and delivered over 7000 babies, including his very own son.

During his leisure time, Tom loved to travel with his family, watch his grandson play sports, and explore the world on a bike with anyone that would go along. Early in their marriage, Tom and Judy drove throughout the country to explore California, hike the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and canoe the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada. Some of their most memorable destinations with the children include the family condo Florida, Rhode Island, and Maine as well as outside the country to France and Belize. Tom’s passion for biking would always be a part of his many travels. For 20 years, he was a member of a local bike group doing multiple weekly rides and a yearly long-distance adventure trip. In 2014, during his most memorable bike excursion, Tom spent two months riding across the country. Above all, Tom was most proud of his two children. He loved to discuss theology, philosophy, and astronomy with his son, and medical procedures, healthcare, and craft beer with his daughter.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Bob, and his mother, Emma. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his two children Christopher, PhD, and Camille, RN, his grandson Thomas, his two brothers Charles and Robert, 16 nieces and nephews, and 20 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Thomas F. Downey battled with ALS for over three years and passed with the single hope that a cure will be found someday so no one will have to endure the suffering of this horrible disease. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no public funeral services will be held. The family requests that anyone wishing to honor the life of Thomas F. Downey make a contribution to the ALS Association in his name.

Leppert Mortuary – Carmel Chapel, Carmel, Indiana assisting with arrangements. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.

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Mike & Jackie Franklin

May 8, 2021

We are saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a wonderful doctor and great man. Our condolences to Judy, Camille, and Chris. Prayers for peace and comfort.

Katina Slaybaugh

April 30, 2021

One of the BEST Doctors I was honored to have! He was my doctor for 5 of my 6 children, with my 1st being an emergency C-Section at 2 months early. He was incredible & had the best bedside manner to match his intelligence. He was also an outside of the box type of thinker. You will be dearly missed and my prayers are up for your family. God Bless You.

Jane and Bill Bremer

April 27, 2021

Dear Judy and Family,

Bill and I wish to extend to you and your family our deepest sympathy in Tom's passing.

Tom took very good care of me for 30 years, beginning when Bill began his ENT practice with Arnett Clinic in 1988. He delivered our youngest daughter, Elizabeth on July 29, 1990.

I never felt rushed during my appointments, and he had a way about him that was very laid back and comforting, but of course you know that! Among my friends who also saw Tom as a physician, felt the same. That is a wonderful gift for a physician to possess.

My husband told me that Tom retired a month after he did. As a result of Bill's retirement, we moved to Westfield to be closer to two of our three daughters. I was sorry that I didn't have an address for you after your move to Carmel. I used to surprise Tom and his staff with my chocolate chip cookies now and again and I would make him promise to take a few home to you!

Bill and I were deeply saddened to hear he had been suffering from ALS. The last several years have had to be so difficult for you and your family as well. Our prayers will be with you as you all adjust to your loss and may God bless you all with comfort and peace and the love of family and friends. Bill and Jane Bremer



Nancy Davis

April 27, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family. Dr. Downey was my physician and I always enjoyed seeing him. He was incredible. May God comfort you all at this sorrowful time.

Lindsey Minchella

April 24, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear this news. Dr. Downey was my obstetrician in the eighties, I always looked forward to my check ups with him. His expert but casual manner was perfect, and he made visits fun. He supported me through the births of our two sons, and I referred many friends to him. I enjoyed reading about him in the obituary. It sounds as though he had a wonderful life. I’m sure you all have great memories of laughter and love- treasures you will keep forever.
Peace to your family,
Lindsey Minchella

Pamela Terry

April 22, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear of Dr. Downey passing. He was a wonderful Dr. And person. He delivered my kids and my grandchildren . He was a very compassionate man. We need alot more like him in this world. Prayers for the family.

Mary LaGue

April 22, 2021

Oh, Dr. Downey. Though I was a short timer in your practice, I felt such a loss when you retired, but happy that you would have more time with your grandson. I always appreciated your humor and gentle care. I can’t imagine the loss your family feels, but hope that the blessings of you and memories will sustain them in the following days. I give you the award for the very best smile.

Jeffery Galey

April 21, 2021

Dr Downey was a great and caring doctor He delivered our Son Robert Galey on 4/30/2001 and he was to be a twin with his sister who passed away during delivery and Dr Downey showed great compassion during our difficult time making sure we were ok.

RIP Dr Downey

My condolences to the family of Dr. Downey you are in my prayers during this difficult time he was caring person in and out of the office.

Candy Minniear

April 21, 2021

I was sorry to hear of Dr Downey's passing. He was my doctor for over 30 years. We discovered we grew up in the same town so we had alot to catch up on. My joke with him every year was what kind of car he was driving! Beemer sports car was my favorite. May your family be comforted by all the love and caring he gave.
God Bless

Robin Whitted

April 19, 2021

Dr. Downey was one of the kindest and respectful person we had the opportunity to know. He delivered both of our sons and always answered all of our concerns. He will be missed by all and remembered by his legacy.
Chuck & Robin Whitted

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Biography

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Dr. Thomas F. Downey, beloved husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 73 in Carmel, Indiana.

Tom was born on July 10, 1947, to Robert and Emma (Bowman) Downey. During his Sophomore year at Purdue University, he met Judy Claeys and they were married in June of 1968. They raised two children, Christopher and Camille.

Tom graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1969. He worked for Union Oil for three years and acquired his pilot's license before pursuing his medical degree at Indiana University and graduating in 1976 as a Doctor of Medicine. In 1980, Dr. Downey began his OB/GYN practice at the Woman's Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. During his 37 years of practice, he held membership with the ACOG, worked weeknights at Riggs Community Center, and delivered over 7000 babies, including his very own son.

During his leisure time, Tom loved to travel with his family, watch his grandson play sports, and explore the world on a bike with anyone that would go along. Early in their marriage, Tom and Judy drove throughout the country to explore California, hike the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and canoe the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada. Some of their most memorable destinations with the children include the family condo Florida, Rhode Island, and Maine as well as outside the country to France and Belize. Tom’s passion for biking would always be a part of his many travels. For 20 years, he was a member of a local bike group doing multiple weekly rides and a yearly long-distance adventure trip. In 2014, during his most memorable bike excursion, Tom spent two months riding across the country. Above all, Tom was most proud of his two children. He loved to discuss theology, philosophy, and astronomy with his son, and medical procedures, healthcare, and craft beer with his daughter.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Bob, and his mother, Emma. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his two children Christopher, PhD, and Camille, RN, his grandson Thomas, his two brothers Charles and Robert, 16 nieces and nephews, and 20 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Thomas F. Downey battled with ALS for over three years and passed with the single hope that a cure will be found someday so no one will have to endure the suffering of this horrible disease. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no public funeral services will be held. The family requests that anyone wishing to honor the life of Thomas F. Downey make a contribution to the ALS Association in his name.

Leppert Mortuary – Carmel Chapel, Carmel, Indiana assisting with arrangements. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.