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Donal "Don" K. Downey

May 17, 1941November 18, 2021
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HIGHLAND, INDIANA - Donal (“Don”) Kendall Downey (80) passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Munster Community Hospital following a hard-fought battle against leukemia.

Don was born in Lima, Ohio to Clarence and Marie Downey (née Hirt) on May 17, 1941. Don moved to Indiana in his youth. There, Don graduated from Griffith High School in 1959. He then met his wife, Cheryl, in 1960. Three years later, the couple married and built a family.

A hard worker, Don put himself through college while working for IBM. He earned his B.S. in engineering from Purdue Calumet. He continued loyally working for IBM until he retired as a manager in the software division.

Don then embarked on a second career. He owned and managed a number of Subway restaurants. Don took great pride in his work, feeding the people of the greater Chicagoland area and employing thousands over nearly three decades.

Don was a devout Catholic, and served as a long-time usher at Our Lady of Grace. Don also volunteered as a troop leader and counselor for the Boy Scouts, giving back to the youth in his community. In his free time, Don enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing, traveling, and spending time with his many close friends.

Family: Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Cheryl Lynn Downey (née Szoke), and their two children Michael Alan Downey and Michele Marie Lis. Don is also survived by his sister, Judy Barney, and his son-in-law, Rich Lis.

Don also leaves his eight beloved grandchildren: Claire Melehani (née Stephanie Downey) and her husband, Jason; Alexa Downey; Terry Haynes and his wife, Amanda; Kathy Jo Schmill (née Haynes) and her husband, Jason; and Jazmin Haynes.

Don is also survived by his eight cherished great-grandchildren: Tyler, Alex, and Fil Haynes; Lhogan and Miranda Drees; Johnathan and Kylenn O’Keefe; and Brandon Feliciano.

Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 3PM - 7PM at Kuiper Funeral Home - 9039 Kleinman Rd. Highland, IN 46322. A prayer service will begin at 5:30PM that evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Grace Parish - 3005 Highway Ave. Highland, IN 46322 with Rev. Brian Chadwick officiating. Burial to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Crown Point, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the American Cancer Society in Don’s name at https://donate3.cancer.org/

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.KuiperFH.com for the Downey family.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Kay Lukesch

November 30, 2021

I had the privilege to work for Don as he opened his Subway in Munster. He was a kind,caring and generous person. I have very fond memories of time spent working with him and Cheryl as well as our times that my husband, Ron and I spent with them. God be with you.
My Subway days will always hold a special place in my heart.

Tim Streeter

November 29, 2021

I had the privilege of working for Don as a contractor in Subway for 20 years.
When I began working for him, I was a fairly new small business owner.
I have always appreciated the way that he helped me transition from being a residential carpenter into a commercial general contractor.
I will always remember Don for his genuine kindness and fatherly demeanor.

Janis Kay

November 23, 2021

Don, I know many people are grieving your passing but I want you to know that everything you and Cheryl have done for me and my family and
Ron was so very much appreciated. Annie, Izzy and Jilly send all their love and support to you Cheryl....as do I. We had a lot of fun times together in Florida and I m sure Don and Ron are continuing the good times in heaven.!!!

Jeffrey Sandefur

November 21, 2021

Mr. Downey was good to me growing up. He set a great example of how a member of a community should treat his neighbors. He was a great positive influence on all that knew him and his presence will be sorely missed..

Terry and Sheila Collins

November 20, 2021

Don was our good friend, host, golf buddy, and travel companion. He was always up for a new adventure, either locally or abroad. Don liked to shop, and whenever we couldn't find him in a foreign city, we'd just have to backtrack to the interesting shops. He liked to play board games, especially Triominoes. He liked to try new restaurants and would drive quite a distance to join us at some of our favorite places. He was always ready to entertain us when he and Cheryl graciously entertained us in Palm Harbor. We will miss him and cherish all our wonderful memories.

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