Downing, Bobbie

Written by David Green.

Bobbie L. Downing, 83, died May 23, 2011, surrounded by his family at the Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Charles H. and Millie (Bertha) Downing. Bob graduated from Lyons High School in 1946. He married Myrtle Derby in 1950 and she survives.

Bob worked as a tool and die maker for Dura Corporation in Adrian, Mich. While employed there he held offices in Local 1348 as a committeeman, financial secretary and president. He retired in 1993 after 29 years of service. He was also an active member of the Lyons Christian Church, serving as a trustee. He served as a Lyons volunteer fireman for 42 years, and also on the Lyons Board of Public Affairs.

Bob will be remembered for his great sense of humor, but he will be most remembered by his ambition and devotion to his family.

Bob loved to travel and enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage at Devils Lake, Mich. The family enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He especially enjoyed spending his winter months with Myrtle in Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, Florida.

Besides his wife, Bob is survived by three children, Teresa (and Randy) Burgermeister of Lyons, Cheryl (and Frank) LoFiego of Sylvania, Ohio, and Mark (and Taryn) Downing of Lyons; six grandchildren, Joshua (and Jessica) Burgermeister, Jessica Burgermiester, Cara (and Shawn) O’Neill, Tony (and Brittany) LoFiego, Dominic (and Cheryl) LoFiego, and Alicia Downing (and Ray Hohenbrink); six great-grandchildren, Aiden and Ella Burgermeister, Jace Burgermeister, Shamus, Maggie, and Finnegan O’Neill, Isabella LoFiego and Clayton Hohenbrink; three sisters-in-law, Gertrude Downing of Wauseon, Ohio, Doris Derby of Morenci, Mich., and Alberta Haupricht of Lyons; two brothers-in-law, Gerald (and Sondra) Derby of Sand Creek, Mich., and Roger Schantz of Archbold, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Vernard and Donzell Downing.

Visitation is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Lyons Christian Church, with the funeral services immediately following. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lyons Christian Church or the Lyons Fire Department.

Arrangements were made by Weigel Funeral Home.

  • Front.little Ball
    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
  • Front.tug
    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.F.band
    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017