KARL R. 'BUCKY' DOWNING, 70 FREEPORT - Karl R. "Bucky" Downing, 70, of Freeport died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Stephenson Nursing Center. Born April 27, 1942, in Freeport, son of Clinton M. "Bud" and Flora (Krueger) Downing. He married Donna J. Johnson on July 17, 1965, in Freeport. He served in the U.S. Air Force from Oct. 3, 1960 until Oct. 3, 1964. Karl joined Structo Manufacturing in November of 1964 and worked 33 years until his retirement. He was a member of Evangelical Free Church of Lena. Surviving is wife, Donna; two sons, Charles (Sara) Downing of Freeport and James (special friend, Theresa Harhen) Downing of Forreston; two brothers, William (Carolyn) Downing and Steven (Sandra) Downing, both of Freeport; five grandchildren, Felix and Tony Romero, Benjamin, Dominique and Elliott Downing. He was predeceased by parents; one sister, Ruth Ann Auer; and one niece, Mary Ann Hageman. Funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Walker Mortuary. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for FHN Memorial Hospice. To leave condolences, light candle or send flowers, please visit walkermortuary.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013