Robert Burton "Bob" Downs

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Downs, Robert Burton "Bob",

78, started his spiritual journey on August 11, 2014 at the Louisville VA Hospital due to cancer.

A Louisville native, Bob spent his retirement years in Charlestown, IN. Besides basking in the warmth of his family and friends, he enjoyed walks in the park, tending to the needs of his four legged friends and the daily interactions with his neighbors and fellow residents.

Known to some as "Dr. Bob" he celebrated 30 years with his friends of Bill W. and always encouraged them to "Keep Coming Back". He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Reata and a daughter, Betty Key.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Cathy Robertson (Ben), Patricia Isabella (John), Amy Downard (John) and Johnny Downs (Donna Lawrence); two sisters, Bettye Albritton and Doris Finley; one brother, John Downs (Clemon); grandchildren, Shaun , Laura, Brian, Leslee, Katie and Adam; great-grandchildren, Katelin and Kevin.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. Burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 -9 p.m. on Sunday and 10-11 a.m. on Monday.

The family encourages donations to and local groups of Bill W. in his honor. Please visit us to leave a condolence for the family at


Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2014
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