Charles Maynard DOWNEY

June 11, 1972July 27, 2020

Charles Maynard DOWNEY was born on June 11, 1972 and passed away on July 27, 2020 and is under the care of McGilley & Frye Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Inurnment will be held on August 3, 2020 at 10:00 am at Olathe Memorial Cemetery, 738 North Chestnut Street, Olathe, KS.

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  • Inurnment

    Monday, August 3, 2020


Charles Maynard DOWNEY

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Deborah Schultz

August 3, 2020

Marge and Dick,
I was so sorry to hear from Bill about the loss of your son. I know this must be very difficult, expecially in these times. Please take care of yourselves.
Debbie Schultz

sarahgrace ashworth

August 1, 2020

Although I did not know Charles personally, my prayers and comfort goes out to Margie, her Husband and family.

I know too well the pain, grief & sorrow of losing a child, but I also have come to know (in time) the healing powers of Grace, prayer and trust that brings beauty for the ashes and joy from the mourning, which is my prayer for your too.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. Make His face shine upon you and bring you peace.

Love, SarahGrace

Thaddeus Lewis

August 1, 2020

It’s sad to hear Charley has passed. I met him though the music scene in Lawrence KS Aprox 2007-2010. He was a kind supportive artist who I last saw at the gaslight. He used to perform under the name Naomi What? And i first met him when Zach, Brad, and Charlie formed Bandit Teeth. I remember him cutting his finger after playing a solo acoustic set at the Gaslight. He has multiple songs named after him by our friend’s band Rooftop Vigilantes. You can find “Charlie Want Mario Chalmers” and “Charlie Want no Girlfriend” online. The time I knew Charlie in the mid to late 2000s was a special time, and his passing marks the end of an era in Lawrence where underground music had its last big moment.

Jay Herman

July 31, 2020

Charley was a genuinely kind person with a creative mind and an infectious smile. Those he cared about were of paramount importance to him, and he unabashedly expressed his love for his friends and family loudly and often. He was one of a kind, and among my closest friends. To those who knew Charley, this loss is a heavy one. He will be sorely missed.

David Swenson

July 30, 2020

Jacqueline and I remember fondly the many times we spent in the company of Charley Downey. He was a persistently creative person with a great sense of humor and big heart. We send our condolences to his family and all of his friends.

Barbara Sutterfield

July 30, 2020

I was trying to find a word to describe Charley . I am not a writer (and I do not have the talent of word play that he had) so I did the next best thing and looked up Synonyms for extraordinary: Amazing, bizarre, curious, exceptional, unusual, peculiar, particular, remarkable...rare. Rare. All adjectives are accurate, but rare he was. I saw him be witty and funny but serious and kind. Always there to listen, to comfort and offer a shoulder and wrap one in hugs. His mind was amazing. Conversations with him were intelligent, enlightening, informative, and sometimes just weird. He will be missed immensely.

I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ryan Newton

July 30, 2020

He was my first roommate. I have so much love in my heart for this man. I’m at a loss. Condolences to his family and all who were lucky enough to call him a friend.

Sara Robben

July 29, 2020

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Nick Ray

July 29, 2020

Charley is a kind soul and friendly spirit. He always treated me with compassion and kindness, and I pray his friends and family find solace in the grace of his memory.


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