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Raymond E. "Ray" Downs

Shelby - Raymond E. "Ray" Downs, age 93, of Shelby, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at The Willows at Willard.

Ray was born May 13, 1925 in Mansfield, the son of the late Ray F. and Harriet (Siegfried) Downs. He was a graduate of Springfield Local Township High School. He began his working career in the welding department at Gorman Rupp Corp. and retired from there as a purchasing agent after 40+ years of service. Ray was also a farmer all of his life.

He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelby and was very active in the Shelby community. He and his wife, Pat, were the recipients of the Jess Rath Christian Service Award, delivered Meals on Wheels for over 25 years, was a track official for the Shelby High School track team and volunteered at the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield. He enjoyed traveling - even if it was just a Sunday afternoon drive to look at a beautiful fall leaves or watch a sunset.

On September 5, 1948, Ray married Patricia Mae "Pat" (Ford) Downs and together they raised 4 children who survive: Suzanne (Wes) DeVene of Willard, David (Andrea)Downs of Shelby, Philip (Ann)Downs of Shelby, Dwight Downs of Birmingham, AL. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren: Sara DeVene, Andrew (Allison) DeVene, Adam (Megan) Downs, Whitney (James) Rule, Jeffrey (Ashley) Downs, Brad (Angela) Downs, Christina Downs, Melissa Downs, Matt Downs, Emma Downs, Gabriel Downs, Martha Claire Downs; 7 great grandchildren: Molly and Mason Downs, Harper Rule, Lucas and Eliot DeVene, Nolan and Oliver Downs; 2 sisters: Juanita Zody and Naomi (Fred) Dapper both of Mansfield; 2 sisters-in-law: Ethel Downs of Mansfield and Barbara Downs of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Mae Downs in 2013 and 3 siblings: Virgil Downs, Gerald Downs, Rhea (Henry) Goetz and a brother-in-law, Marvin Zody.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 2-5 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church, 18 South Gamble Street, Shelby, with Rev. Garland Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to the church.

To send a message of sympathy or to share a memory with the Downs family, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com
Published in the News Journal on Aug. 10, 2018
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