Leon E. Downey, 92, lifelong resident of Ridgway, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Fountainview Nursing Home in Eldorado.
Leon was born in Saline County on May 30, 1921, to the late Orrin G. and Jessie (Hughey) Downey. Leon graduated in 1939 from Ridgway High School where he was the starting guard on the basketball team. Leon served his country in World War II in the 47th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division in the European Theatre. He was in Combat for 119 days in the Huertgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. Leon received many commendations and medals among them are two Bronze Stars and a Presidential Citation for the capture of Frenzenburg Castle. On May 12, 1946, he married Laura (Smith) and they celebrated over 67 years of marriage. Leon was a lifelong farmer, liked to hunt and the outdoors, read and be with his family. He served for many years on the board of Farmers Home Administration. His faith was Grace Communion International Church and was a life member of the Ridgway American Legion and VFW. Leon was a good husband, father, brother and friend and will be missed.
Leon is survived by his wife Laura Downey of Ridgway; a daughter, Sue Ann Downey of Ridgway; and a brother Roger Downey of Springfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Angela; and a brother.
Funeral services for Leon will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway. The family will receive friends for visitation 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Rick Wilson will officiate. There will be full military rites accorded at the gravesite by the Ridgway American Legion and VFW. Interment will be in Jackson Cemetery in Ridgway.
In lieu of flowers the family asks the donations be made to the Ridgway Beautification Organization and envelopes will be available at the funeral home. You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com