Robert  Downen Sr.
Robert Thorne Downen Sr., 77, of Wheatland, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at GentleCare of Vincennes.
He was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Fritchton, Indiana, to Sam and Hazel (Thorne) Downen.
Robert was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and had been employed by Indiana Farm Bureau in South Bend and Pike County. Robert had been a farmer since 1973 and loved truck driving, traveling, his kids and his dogs.
He graduated from Fritchton High School in 1959 and from Michigan State University in 1963 in grain elevator management.
Surviving are his wife Carol (Betterly) Downen, whom he married Dec. 22, 1962; his children, Barbara Downen of Houston, Texas, and Robert Downen Jr. of Lake Leelanau, Michigan; his brothers and sisters, Victor Downen and his wife Karen of Verne, Sandra Hall and her husband Jim of Mobile, Alabama, Gloria Worland and her husband Earl of Linton, Rachel Lowe of Mobile, Martha Downen of Verne, John Downen of Mobile, Georgia Stasulis and her husband Al of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Tony Downen and his wife Carolyn of Vincennes; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his special dog Traveler; and brothers and sisters, Sam Downen, Royal Downen, Paul Downen and Mary Downen.
A memorial service will be announced at a later time with interment at St. Johns Cemetery at Rigglesville, Michigan. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Robert Downen.
Published on September 10, 2019


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