Richard Downing

  • "To the Downing family- Sending prayers of comfort"
    - Jamie Sova
  • "Susan, Marty and all the family. I am so sorry to see him..."
    - dena ackors
  • "Our prayers go out to Susan and Marty may God lead you...."
  • "So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I will always remember..."
    - Larry Penrod
  • "To the Downing Family...Richard was our Landlord for 11..."
    - Ray Herman

Richard Wayne Dick Downing Richard Wayne Dick Downing, 70, Topeka, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Midland Hospice House. He was born February 24, 1946, in Topeka, the son of Morris Richard and Avis Nadine (Atkinson) Downing. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1964. He worked as a carman in the Santa Fe Shops. After retiring he opened Downing Refrigeration. Richard was married to Cynthia Sue Cindy English on August 22, 1963, in Topeka. She preceded him in death on April 5, 2013. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tamila Kay Downing on May 4, 2015. Surviving are a daughter: Susan Michelle Torrez (Martin) of Topeka; a brother: Robert R. Downing of Topeka; five grandchildren: Brian Downing (Crystal) of Topeka, Bobbi Downing of Nebraska, Rebecca Cano (Lazaro) of Topeka, Lance Torrez of Topeka, and Richard Torrez (Elicia) of Topeka; and 13 great-grandchildren. Committal services will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Vassar Cemetery. Richard will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Monday, at the Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence Avenue, Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606-2800. To leave a special message for the family online, visit

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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Jan. 6, 2017