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David E. Downing

November 2, 1945 ~ February 7, 2020 (age 74)


David E. Downing, 74, of Danville passed away on Friday, February 07, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born on November 2, 1945 the son of Leonard and Hellen (Dubre) Downing in Danville, IL. They precede him death.

Also preceding Dave in death include his sister, Sonna Lee Downing.

Dave leaves behind his wife, Martha Downing; five children, Kim (Thom) Gerler, Craig (Amy) Downing, Wendy (Don) Mowers, Andy (Jen) Downing, and Jeff (Jamie) Dale; thirteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Leonard “Sonny” (Sandy) Downing Jr.; sister, Carolyn (Norman) Towell; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Dave was a man of many talents and interests which included hunting, painting, sports, and performing or directing plays for Red Mask, DLO, Beef House Theatre, and Sunshine Theater. His involvement with the community included organizations such as The Danville Boat Club in which he was commodore in years 2003-2004 and officer of the Danville Elks Lodge 332. What is most memorable about Dave was his sense of humor, outgoing personality, and especially his love of family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834. Officiating will be Pastor Randall Robinson.  Burial will be in the Danville National Cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be presented by the American Legion Post 210 at the funeral home. Visitation will be held the evening prior on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made in David’s name to the Red Mask Players community theater group in Danville, P.O. Box 814, Danville, IL 61834.

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February 13, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3940 N Vermilion st
Danville, , Il 61834

Funeral Service
February 14, 2020

10:00 AM
Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3940 N Vermilion st
Danville, , Il 61834

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