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Peter Robert Downing

1943 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Peter Robert Downing Obituary
PETER ROBERT DOWNING Peter Robert Downing was born June 6, 1943 to Van and Eleanore Downing in San Francisco, CA and passed away April 13, 2016. As a youth, Peter was very active in sports including football and track where he was highly accomplished in shot put and discus. He volunteered for many years with the AAU swimming as a starter, a referee and a timer for hundreds of youth swim meets. Most of Pete's adult life he spent Working in the oil business in both retail and wholesale sectors. Pete enjoyed an annual fishing or hunting trip but his real passion and hobby were his animals. Over the years he had beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, gold fish, turtles, tortoises, frogs and horses. His motto was - "Go Big or Go Home". Often his animal projects would end up as a full scale business enterprise. In addition, he loved his cats and numerous dogs that he insisted would "just show up at his house and never go home". In 1963 Pete married his first wife Nancy and in 1988 he married his current wife Marianne. All together he has seven children and 16 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Marianne, his children, grandchildren and his brother Paul Downing and his wife Kathy. Pete was met at Heaven's Gate by his parents, grandparents, Aunt Ro, granddaughter Morgan and numerous pets that he had cared for throughout the years. A special thank you to Feather River Hospital staff and especially to Paradise Hospice House for their professional and compassionate care of Pete and his family. A celebration of Pete's life will be held on June 11th at 2pm at his home in Forest Ranch. Details and on line condolences can be viewed at memorialwebsite.Iegacy.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Butte Humane Society.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2016
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