Dr. Thomas F. Downey
1947 - 2021
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Dr. Thomas F. Downey

Carmel - On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Dr. Thomas F. Downey, beloved husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 73 in Carmel, Indiana.

Tom was born on July 10, 1947, to Robert and Emma (Bowman) Downey. During his Sophomore year at Purdue University, he met Judy Claeys and they were married in June of 1968. They raised two children, Christopher and Camille.

Tom graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1969. He worked for Union Oil for three years and acquired his pilot's license before pursuing his medical degree at Indiana University and graduating in 1976 as a Doctor of Medicine. In 1980, Dr. Downey began his OB/GYN practice at the Woman's Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. During his 37 years of practice, he held membership with the ACOG, worked weeknights at Riggs Community Center, and delivered over 7000 babies, including his very own son.

During his leisure time, Tom loved to travel with his family, watch his grandson play sports, and explore the world on a bike with anyone that would go along. Early in their marriage, Tom and Judy drove throughout the country to explore California, hike the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and canoe the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada. Some of their most memorable destinations with the children include the family condo Florida, Rhode Island, and Maine as well as outside the country to France and Belize. Tom's passion for biking would always be a part of his many travels. For 20 years, he was a member of a local bike group doing multiple weekly rides and a yearly long-distance adventure trip. In 2014, during his most memorable bike excursion, Tom spent two months riding across the country. Above all, Tom was most proud of his two children. He loved to discuss theology, philosophy, and astronomy with his son, and medical procedures, healthcare, and craft beer with his daughter.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Bob, and his mother, Emma. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his two children Christopher, PhD, and Camille, RN, his grandson Thomas, his two brothers Charles and Robert, 16 nieces and nephews, and 20 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Thomas F. Downey battled with ALS for over three years and passed with the single hope that a cure will be found someday so no one will have to endure the suffering of this horrible disease. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no public funeral services will be held. The family requests that anyone wishing to honor the life of Thomas F. Downey make a contribution to the ALS Association in his name.

Leppert Mortuary - Carmel Chapel, Carmel, Indiana assisting with arrangements. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.






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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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19 entries
April 26, 2021
Judy - We are thinking of you in this time of need. Our prayers are with you and your family. Please call on us for any support you need.
Trish & Jordan
Neighbor
April 22, 2021
OMG, it took my breath away when I seen this. Dr. Downey was my Dr. and I was lucky enough for him to deliver my 2 boys. This breaks my heart. Rest In Peace Dr. Downey.
Amy Mullin
Friend
April 21, 2021
To the Downey family,
Send deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one.
I had opportunity to meet Dr Downey with my aging
Mother-in-law as she had appointments and ask me
to join her for an extra ear. I will always remember his
kind words and patience with her at that time, God
Bless Dr Downey and may he rest in peace.
D. Musser
April 20, 2021
He was truly a great doctor. Full of compassion to his patients and love of his family and cycling. He will always be remembered for all the children he helped come into this world. Prayers of comfort for your family
Jennifer Burkhalter
Acquaintance
April 20, 2021
So sorry for the lost of your husband and father my prayers are with you all. Dr. Downey was a wonderful doctor and always listened to his patients he delivered my son in 1991 .
Joy keifer
April 19, 2021
You will be truly missed. He delivered me and my son. Prayers going out for your family during this difficult time.
LORI HILL
April 18, 2021
He deliver my youngest daughter, and he was the most kind and gentle doctor I had ever had. My condolences
Nicole Arvin
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Dr. Downey was the most compassionate person I have ever met in my life. He delivered my 3rd son who didn't make it and he sat with, cried with me while I said my goodbye to my son. This world has lost one of the greatest men of all time and heaven gained a great angel. Rest in peace Dr Downey. Prayers to the family for their loss
Michelle McKee Waddle
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
He was a very good Dr i had him with all three of my children and some of my grandkids had him when they were born he will be missed
Paula Guzman
Friend
April 18, 2021
Tom was one of the kindest people I know. He was my doc for 35 years and delivered both of my daughters. We had many conversations about his cycling adventures. I am sad for his loss. Peace to the family.
Margaret
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
This makes me very sad to see this...too young to pass away from such a horrible disease.
Dr. DOWNEY was my GYN & performed a surgery for me. He was always a sweet & layed back Doctor.
I was working at the park several yrs ago & someone in bicycle attire said Hi to me & I said I don't know who you are...he said, it's Dr. Downy !!
Deb Johnson
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Dr.Downey was a wonderful guy.He delivered both my kids and was the first doctor to notice my daughters birth defect.Thanks to him,her defect was found and fixed.She is now a beautiful 18 year old with no developmental disabilities. She was born with no hip.And due to early diagnosis, she has no lump and a perfect hip.RIH DR.DOWNEY.
Laura Shaffer
Friend
April 18, 2021
Dr. Downey delivered all five of my children, two of which were stillborn. He was a compassionate doctor in whom I found not only emotional support but also wonderful medical care. My condolences to his family.
Leslie Merritt Holder
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Doctor Downey was one of the best ! He will forever be a special part of our hearts.
God Bless.
Bob and Pat Mckee
Pat Mckee
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Dr Downey delivered all 3 of my daughter. In 2008 Dr Downey was on a week bike drive my grandson was due that week but for some reason he waited for Dr Downey to come back to work to be born. He will be missed. He always had a smile a joke or too. May he rest in piece.
Robin Myers
Acquaintance
April 17, 2021
Dr. Downey was an amazing man! I had the honor of working with him. He brought out a great smile to anyone he met. Thank you for letting me be part of your team.
Rebecca Stull
Coworker
April 17, 2021
Dr Downey was a wonderful doctor. He treated you like a human, like you mattered. I hated to see him retire.
Nancy Sanders
April 17, 2021
Wonderful Doctor! I will remember him always riding his bike an seeing him with his wife on Sunday morning riding out in the country roads . a great person ! My wonderful doctor for many years
Bonnie Loft
Friend
April 17, 2021
DR. Downey was a very very kind special man, doctor , he delivered two of my children. He will always be a very special person , remembered, I’m just very saddened emotional at this time . He will always be in our thoughts. Love from Howard family
Catherine
Friend
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