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Joseph M. Downey, 77
Joseph M. Downey, 77, of Alamogordo, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces.
He was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Somerville, Mass., to John and Helen (Lane) Downey.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Juanita Gallegos-Downey; daughters Diane Lenhoff and husband, James, and Carol Shockley and husband, Daniel; grandchildren Lisa Lowery, John Quintana, Juanita Flowers, Daniel Lenhoff, Joseph M. Lenhoff, Joseph M. Herring, Derek Herring and Danielle Shockley; great-grandchildren Alexandria and Brayden Lowery and Logan and Mia Flowers; brother Daniel Downey; and sisters Nora Flagg, Joan Downey and Mary Downey, all of Boston.
Joe was preceded in death by his daughter Helen Downey and brothers Jack and Robert Downey.
Joe was retired from the Air Force and as a college instructor at Albuquerque TVI. He volunteered 15 years at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, performing institutional research for the college. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Boston, received a bachelor's degree from SIU and a master's degree from NMSU-Las Cruces. Joe was a member of the Elks, Moose and VFW.
Joe was loved deeply by his family; his grandchildren were devoted to him and called often to discuss Notre Dame football and hockey. He and his wife traveled extensively all over the world, including Australia and China.
He enjoyed the Elks Clubs and left many friends here, especially Carle Clarke and John Barr. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to friend Lorraine Barr, who has helped us in this trying time.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Juan Montoya as celebrant. A reception will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Elks Club in Alamogordo. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.
The Downey family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 2 to Feb. 2, 2011
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