Keith F. Downey

Born: Thu., Oct. 8, 1953
Died: Tue., May 13, 2014


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Mon., May 19, 2014
Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

Memorial Service

10:30 AM Mon., May 19, 2014
Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

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Keith F. Downey, 60, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM after a brief illness.  He was born October 8, 1953 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of Donald H. and Evelyn R. (Eiler) Downey, both whom preceded him in death.  He is survived by his wife Jane A. (Wilson) Downey who he married on July 14, 1973 and their three children, Jennifer Doyle and husband Dan of Sidney, Ohio, Amy Smith of Jackson Center, Ohio and Eric Downey and wife Blair of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Blake Hughes, Dominic and Cody Smith, and Ethan and Logan Doyle and one great-grandchild, Brantley Lewis and a sister, Sheila Starrett and husband Wayne of Sidney.  A son-in-law, Derek Smith, preceded him in death.  Mr. Downey was a 1972 graduate of Sidney High School and had worked at Anna Lumber Company for many years as a crew manager.   Before retirement, Keith was a very hard worker, compassionate boss and good friend to many.  In his free time, he liked creating projects in his woodshop, working on and around the house, and sitting outside enjoying the backyard.  He was a passionate man about his family, his faith, and his country.  He was a lifetime member of Holy Angels Catholic Church.  A man that anyone could turn to and he would be there.  He will be missed eternally.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer.  Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas  66675.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the Downey family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:

Charitable donations may be made in Keith's memory to the following organization:

Wounded Warriors Project
P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675

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Marti Cates Berger
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Dear Jane and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a good and kind man, just like his parents. I know your hearts are heavy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the children. God bless and give you peace.

Jacque & Tim McBride
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss there are no words to express it. Know that we are thinking of you and your family and praying for all of you. God has now added a very special angel to heaven.

Travis Weldy
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014

To describe your dad in two words: "inherently good." He truly was a great man and he will be missed.

   Posted Thu May 15, 2014
My heart goes out to the family. May God give you peace during this grievous time.-Philippians 4:6,7; Revelation 21:4

Dave Ross
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
So sorry to hear about Keith whom I'd known since 1960. Our SHS class of 1972 has lost far too many of our members. We send our collective wishes to his family and will remember him at our next reunion.

Larry Lake
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
Sorry Jane, God bless

Chuck Danzig
   Posted Sat May 17, 2014
Dear Jane, i am very sorrowed to learn of Keith's passing. We go all the way back to Holy Angels grade school with many fond memories. Please accept my most sincerest sympathy's, Chuck D

Rick Houck
   Posted Sun May 18, 2014
Along time ago we knew each sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Don and Ida (Alexander) Bodiker - Beaufort, SC
   Posted Thu June 12, 2014
Sheila and family .... We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I remember the good times growing up as kids and going to school together. We do send our belated condolences and hope that you are finding peace thru God's strength as you move forward during this difficult time.

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