William Thomas Downey

May 31, 1954July 18, 2012

William Thomas Downey was born on May 31, 1954 in Henderson, Nevada and passed away on July 18, 2012 in Genoa, Nevada.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 27, 2012

William Thomas Downey

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July 31, 2012

Nancy, Helen, John and families,
I was shocked when I got the call from Larry of the passing of Bill. He, like his parents, was so special, what a loss. You all have our deepest sympathy.
Love, Dave and Joyce Downey
Springfield, Illinois

Marilyn Smith

July 26, 2012

Nancy, Helen, John, Ryan, Tyler and families,
Our sympathy to all. Bill had a smile (like his mother and
father) to warm the hearts of all. I have great memories of
vacations as kids and visits later in life with Bill. He always
had great things to say about his
family. I was happy to learn that he had a grandchild to enjoy at the end of his life. Love and peace be with you.

Randy & Cathy Micklin

July 24, 2012

My first memories of a friend are of Bill, as we grew up together remaining close throughout our lives. Beginning as very young children to our last conversation just a couple days before his passing, leaving many wonderful memories and so many stories I wouldn't know where to begin. Bill may be gone but will never be forgotten, he will be sorely missed, may he now and forever rest in peace.

There's just not enough words to convey our sincerest condolences to the family, our thoughts are with all of you.

July 24, 2012

To Bills family, so sorry about your loss. Bill always had a smile and good things to say about others. I know Bill was a great son-in-law to the Senator and the family and will be missed.

Fidel Salazar

Denise (Chambers) Watson

July 24, 2012

oh wow...i am just still in shock...Helen and Bill lived behind me in Henderson...Helen and I often ditched the little heart goes out to the family.

Daniel Lee

July 24, 2012

Sorry to hear of Bills passing. Hope all is well with you Helen

Sue & Barry morris

July 24, 2012

It is wonderful to have a life time of memories with Bill and his family. I often teased Bill I was going to bill him for my medical advise. My first memory of Bill is when I took care of his dad at St Rose. He has been a life time friend and my memories of Bill will never fail.
Our hearts go out to his family, Bill was very lucky to have such a wonderful wife and kids. He will be greatly missed .

Robert Crawford

July 23, 2012

I didn't keep in touch with Bill after high school. I only remember him as being a good citizen and friend to anyone willing to return the gesture. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Dennis Rosch

July 23, 2012

Bill's family, I knew Bill from the day he was born. He was one of my favorite students, and I taught him how to drive and took him on one of his first deer hunts. He had a blessed life. Brother Randy and I will miss him a lot. I never saw Bill without a smile. I'm so sorry he left us so young. Dennis Rosch, Bend, Oregon

Linda Freeman

July 23, 2012

My earliest memories of friends were Helen and Bill Downey, Vicki Martin and Donna Gove. We all grew up by each other on Nebraska or nearby. Climbing trees, walking fences, building forts in our backyard, playing baseball in the alley and making a great team collecting Christmas Trees for our fort. We were a team of good kids with good parents and I was lucky to grow up with them. All the girls had crushes on Bill and I was the lucky one who got to be his friend. It is a very sad part of growing old when you lose your lifelong friends and the Watsons say a very tearful goodbye to you Bill. You will be missed by many.