Stephen "Scooby" Paul Downing

July 30, 1949April 27, 2014

Stephen “Scooby” Paul Downing, 64, Brown County, passed away April 27 in Daviess County, Indiana. Steve was born July 30, 1949 in Indianapolis the son of Shirley E. Downing Piper. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Howard W. Gilmore. Steve’s occupation was doing safety checks for power plants. He belonged to ABATE of Indiana, was medical director for the ABATE Boogie, Brown County Biker Fest & Plummer River Rally. He belonged to the Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 678, Plainfield, IN, Evansville Hadi Shriners, where he volunteered transporting children to the Shriners Childrens’ Hospital and the Scottish Rite. Steve served as Chief of Trevalac VFD, he was a First Responder & had served as a Brown County Deputy Coroner. Steve also served as an Industrial Medical Tech. and was retired from Indianapolis Power and Light CO.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Downing of Brown County; four children, Jeffrey Carter and his wife Stephanie, Crystal Johnson and her husband Donnie, Annie Fife and her fiancé Jason Waltz and Danica Downing; eight grandchildren, Chelsea Downing, Christopher Johnson, Taylor Downing, Alisha Johnson, Hunter Downing, Michael Gordon, Brooklyn Johnson and Sierra Carter; a brother, Earl Piper and his wife Anna; two sisters, Judy Napier and Nancy Livingston and her husband John; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Schierenberg and Janice Price; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and a son, Stephen Paul Downing II.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville, IN from 2:00 to 7:30 PM. A Masonic Memorial Service is scheduled for 7:30 PM and Military Honors by the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard will conclude services. If friends so desire Memorial Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63131 or to ABATE of Indiana, P.O. Box 665, Bargersville, IN 46106.

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Stephen "Scooby" Paul Downing

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Ed Heaton

May 2, 2014

I was honored to work with Scooby At Gibson Station near Princeton Indiana. I loved him as much as I love Brown County. We talked often about his home town and the changes we have seen over the years. My wife Kelley and I were camping there in the park the last two weekends. I remember the endless smile and the continuous help he provided. I am a better person having known him. Prayers for you and the family.


May 1, 2014

My condolences to the Family. I enjoyed speaking with Scooby while working in the Power Plants and at Morris ST. I considered him a Great Friend and a Union Brother. May he Rest In Peace! Also, Thanks for serving Our Great Country!

Dave Polen

May 1, 2014

My heart and prayers go out to Sue and the rest of the Family. Scooby Loved Sue, his Kids and Grandkids so very much. Scooby will be missed by so many people who's life he touched.

Amy Meador

April 30, 2014

My heart goes out to Sue and all of the children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace! Love you all.

danica downing

April 30, 2014

Love you daddy! Forever in my heart. Until we together again. Hug Stevie for me

Dave "Big Willy" Stoike

April 29, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to Scooby's family and friends. He will be greatly missed by the Abate community, and the Boogie will not be the same without him. Rest well, Scooby, and rev the engine a few times in Heaven.

Edie and Mike Seiler

April 29, 2014

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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