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85, of Slippery Rock, PA and formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away at VNA Hospice Butler on January 23, 2013. Born in Braddock, PA on March 20, 1927, he was the son of Patrick Joseph Downing and Mary Olive Couch Downing. He married Jean Anna Wise on November 10, 1950. He was a US Navy veteran. He worked for JS McCormick in Pittsburgh. He started and served as the plant manager at JS McCormick in Boyers, PA. Survivors include his wife, Jean Downing; two daughters, Diane J. Duryea and husband Dr. David, of Slippery Rock, Patricia H. Pepper of Slippery Rock; a brother, Richard Downing and wife Ruth, of Stratford, CT; a sister, Mary Caulfield of West Mifflin, PA; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Philip, and sister, Jane McMullen. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 670 S. Main St., Slippery Rock, Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock, on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Interment in Slippery Rock Cemetery.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 25, 2013
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