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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway PO Box 337, Greenville, OH

OBITUARY

Arthur V Downey

May 4, 1938May 12, 2020
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Arthur Vaughn Downey Sr. passed away at 9:30 PM Tuesday May 12, 2020 after a long battle with liver disease. He was 82 years old.

Art was born May 4, 1938 in Girdler, Kentucky. He graduated From Greenville High School in 1957. While in high school, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves then following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Art took pride in waving the Downey name. After the passing of his father, he made sure the decorating of the family gravesites continued. Art was a member of the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Greenville, the Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association, past Director of the Greenville Boys Club, past officer of the Greenville Baseball for Boys and past member and officer of the Greenville JC’s.

Art was a Greenville City Water Department employee for 30 years retiring in 1989 as the Greenville Water Department Superintendent. He took great pride in overseeing the building of the new water treatment plant in 1980. On the job site everyday knowing where every nut, bolt, water pipe and valve needed to be. In Art’s younger days, he enjoyed leading bible study classes and doing guest sermons at the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church of Longtown, Ohio.

Art enjoyed watching harness racing, Cincinnati Reds, Dayton Flyers Basketball games, hunting, fishing and any sport that a family member was involved in. After retirement, Art enjoyed and found relaxation by spending time with his family from the north to the south. Art is survived by his wife of 61 years Korene “Rae” (Marshall) Downey, as they were married December 20, 1958 at the Nashville EUB Church. Rae rarely went anywhere without Art. Rae was always by his side. Her love and devotion to Art was more than evident especially during the last few years of Art’s life as he battled his illness. He is also survived by his five children: Jerry Downey and wife Angie, Vaughn Downey and wife Pam, Cindy Downey and fiancé Douglas, Larry Downey and Allen Downey and wife Trish; 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, brother George Downey and wife Phyllis of Sharonville, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his father Glen “Daddy” Downey, mother Alta Mae (Garland) Downey, step mommy Dorthy (Garland) Downey, sisters Marcella (Downey) Hardy and Janice (Downey) Barnes; brothers Charles Downey, Glen Downey and Donald Downey. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday May 18, 2020 at the Trinity Wesleyan Church 1400 East Main Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Drew Bush officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park Covington, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Monday 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of The Heart Hospice of Darke County

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 18, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, May 18, 2020

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Margie Hart

May 17, 2020

We the Downey Family have always had a special love for each other, therefore as children we cousin felt a special closeness ,and I have many good memories of our childhood,it was so great being with Art and Ray every summer the last few years, years and miles have separated us but our fondness for each other will live on,God Bless the family and all who love him, Margie Hart

Virgil Hardy

May 16, 2020

We will miss art very much. I always had a close friend ship
through the many years that I have known him and his family.

Rae you and your family have my condolance.

Donald Downey

May 15, 2020

Me and Connie where always glad to see Art and Rae come to visit,
We enjoy visiting them in London when they were down. They made you feel so welcome.

Margaret Churchill

May 15, 2020

Our condolences to the family of my cousin Arthur. God be with all of you and comfort you at this most difficult time in your lives. I never really had the opportunity to spend very much time with him but always thought he was a very loving and kind person.

linda mcglothin

May 14, 2020

I admired his Christian walk and always friendly. Art had such a great smile and he is smiling now in Jesus presence.

Beverly Cooper

May 14, 2020

My Uncle Art will be missed by so many persons. He was a true people person. Always respectful of others and their views but certainly not afraid to share his with you! Joe and I always enjoyed visiting with him and Aunt Rae when we made a trip “up North”. We will be thinking of and praying for all the family as they navigate the days, months and years ahead without this special man until we all meet again on that beautiful, heavenly shore.

Glen Hardy

May 14, 2020

Uncle Art always greeted you with a smile. One hand on your back and shaking your hand with other.
He is loved by all of us.
We will miss him terribly.
Prayers for him and all of the family.

Darlene Huffman

May 14, 2020

The first time I met Art and Rae was at a Thursday morning Bible Study at Trinity Wesleyan Church. Art knew the Bible and Who it was about. They are both kind and loving people.

Pat Walston

May 14, 2020

Uncle Art and Aunt Rae spent a lot of time "down at the farm!" One special memory was when they "topped the tobacco patch" while Terry and I were at work! What a surprise! They refused to take any form of payment, stating that they just enjoyed the new experience, especially with tobacco worms! W e have missed seeing them these past few years as his health declined, but still enjoyed the few times that we got to spend together. We LOVE and will MISS you greatly Uncle Art. It's also sad that we won't be able to attend due to COVID-19 and health concerns. Know that you will always be in our heart, even more so when we look around the farm!

Jaclyn Smith

May 13, 2020

He was such a great man.i grew up on his street a few houses from him.

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