BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Milford Downing Jr., 85, of Bella Vista died Friday (May 25, 2012) at his home.
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He was born April 4, 1927, in Arcade, N.Y., a son of Mayme Eggert and Milford Downing.
He proudly served the United States in the Navy during World War II, where he earned an honorable discharge.
He enjoyed working crosswords and collecting coins. Earlier in his life, he enjoyed collecting model cars. He was a Protestant and had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 1980 after moving from Toledo, Ohio.
Milford is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lorraine Kittle Downing, who he married May 28, 1966; one son, Michael Downing of Bella Vista; five daughters, Carol (Gene) Gagliano of Buffalo, Wyo., Jeanne (Ray) Diffenderfer and Linda Bess, both of Olean, Joanne Hitchcock of Allegany, Melissa (Jay) Long of Bella Vista; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Phillip Downing; and one grandson, James Tyler Downing.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by the family.
Memorials may be sent to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72765; or the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, 32 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista, AR 72714.
Arrangements are under the direction of Epting Funeral Home of Bella Vista. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from May 30 to June 29, 2012