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Gary Gene Downs

November 1, 1939 ~ November 6, 2019 (age 80)

Obituary

Gary Gene Downs, 80, of Swisher, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. He was born on November 1, 1939, in Manchester, the son of Harold and Eva (Blankenship) Downs. Gary graduated from Dundee High School in 1958 and served honorably in the United States Army.

On May 16, 1964, Gary was united in marriage to Rose Mary Spaight at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Two children were born to this union. Gary and Rose worked at Smulekoffs Furniture in Cedar Rapids until starting Downs Flooring in Marion. They operated the company until June 2018.

Gary enjoyed bowling, working in the yard, and raising thoroughbred race horses. He was an avid reader and a collector of antiques and memorabilia. Gary loved spending time with his family and attending their activities.

Gary is survived by his wife Rose; his two children, Dianne (Jason) Osmun of Swisher and Michael Downs of Las Vegas, Nevada; and eight grandchildren, Steven Osmun, Rachel Lange, Emily Lange, Nathan Lange, Hayley Osmun, Kaitlyn Osmun, Miah Downs, and Sofia Osmun.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Spencer Lange.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
November 15, 2019

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

Visitation
Saturday
November 16, 2019

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

Funeral Service
Saturday
November 16, 2019

10:00 AM
Leonard-Muller Funeral Home
1500 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057
Guaranteed delivery before the Funeral Service begins

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
November 16, 2019

Oakland Cemetery
North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057