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Duncan Bennett Downing


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Duncan Bennett Downing Obituary
Downing, Duncan Bennett
Duncan Bennett Downing, 76, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2016. Ben was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 1, 1939. He grew up an "Army brat" as he and his mother moved many times with his stepfather, an Army officer. (Parents deceased.) He attended several schools but the highlight peaked at Kaiserslautern-American High School and the unbeaten football team his final three years. As his stepfather retired, Ben joined the Army and served in Toule, France in the Military Police. Upon completion of that assignment he soon moved with his family to Phoenix in 1965. He was very proud to have served in several assignments in his 31 years with the Phoenix Police Department. He completed his Masters Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University during that same period of time. For many years, he enjoyed bowling, along with fishing, boating, camping, and traveling. Married to his sweetheart Shirley for over 53 years, his three daughters Diane, Sue, and Katherine were his pride and joy. Also surviving him are six grandchildren, several cousins, his brother-in-law and many good friends across the U.S.A. A memorial service will be held on August 22, 2016 at 1:30pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3104 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051. Donations may be made to Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547 or , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 14, 2016
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