William Robert Downey

William Robert Downey, age 84, passed  away October 30, 2012, at Shawnee Gardens in Shawnee, Kansas, where he had a short stay after a recent surgery and a move from Gardner, Kansas.


Bill was born on January 10, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Vincent and Julia Downey.  He grew up in the Kansas City area graduating from Bishop Lillis High School.  On October 23, 1954, he was united in marriage to Patricia Stablein in Kansas City, Missouri.  Bill and Pat made their home in Shawnee, Kansas, until Bill moved to Gardner, Kansas in 1985.


After serving in World War II, Bill went to work in the concrete construction business.  He was the founder of Downey Foundations, Inc., of Shawnee, Kansas, and worked there until his retirement.  Bill enjoyed farming and being outdoors as well as visiting the casino and sweet foods.


He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Brocker.


Bill is survived by his wife, Patricia Downey of Shawnee, Kansas;  two sisters, Mary Gertrude Pinkelman of Olathe, Kansas, and Virginia Morano of Colorado;  his 11 children: Kathleen Downey of Edgerton, Kansas, Susan (Mark) Roos of Shawnee, Kansas,  Andrew (Suzanne) Downey of Merriam, Kansas, Margaret (Ed) Jalbert of Shawnee, Kansas, David (Christine) Downey of Louisburg, Kansas, Julia (Dave) Lancaster of Lenexa, Kansas, Paula (Lee) Gardner of Spring Hill, Kansas, Roger (Robin) Downey of Kincaid, Kansas, Edward (Lisa) Downey of Shawnee, Kansas, Nancy (Lee) West of Lenexa, Kansas, and Christopher (Erika) Downey of Lenexa, Kansas; 25 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Bill will be deeply missed by his loving family.


Visitation and Funeral Mass


A visitation will be from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. with Rosary at 5:00 p.m., on Thursday November 1, 2012, at the Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kansas.


Memorial Contributions


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:


American Legion Post #153

410 East Dennis Avenue

Olathe, Kansas 66061




St. Joseph Catholic Church

5901 Flint Street

Shawnee, Kansas 66203




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Posted in Obituaries | on Wednesday, Oct. 31st 2012 | 12 Comments »

12 Comments on “William Robert Downey”

  1. Becky Abbate Says:

    Ed, I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I hope that you take comfort knowing he is now at peace. Big hugs to you, Lisa and the girls.

  2. Dan Tiefel Says:

    My deepest condolences to your family. The legacy measures the man, I’m sure he will look down on you all and wish you the peace he now has.

  3. David Slovikoski Says:

    Our condolences to you and your family, Ed.His legacy will live on through his loving family.

  4. Joe,Marie Cisper & family Says:

    Your compassionate, loving care of your father is a wonderful example of all the good things your parents have taught you and your siblings. Our sincere condolences
    Joe and Marie

  5. Dennis Bowden Says:

    Ed, please know that special prayers are being said for you & your family during this time.

  6. Wendy Partain Says:


    I was saddened to hear of your fathers passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Remember the good times and cherish those words of wisdom.

  7. John McClellan Says:

    We are all deeply saddened by the news of your father passing. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers as you navigate your family through this troubling time.

  8. Troy Olson Says:

    Ed, I’m so sorry to hear about your father, condolences to you and your family.

  9. Bob in Grandview, Missouri Says:

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Downey. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  10. Kris Davila Says:

    Ed, Sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  11. Thelma Surber Jones Says:

    Bill will be greatly missed, he had a compassion for people and a heart of gold. You all are in my thoughts and prayers,

  12. Morris Says:

    I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Downey family. It is never easy to find the right words to say but may those precious memories of your dear loved one Robert be foremost in your hearts and minds along with this wonderful promise at John 5;28,29 ” All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

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