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Friday, June 9, 2023
2:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Friday, June 9, 2023
6:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Starts at 1:00pm (Central time)
Funeral Services: Will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fontanelle with burial in the Fontanelle Cemetery. Desserts and fellowship with the family will be held at the church following the burial. The Lamb Funeral Home in Fontanelle is in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.lambfuneralhomes.com.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday, June 9, 2023, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Memorials: May be directed to the Fontanelle Fire Department.
Don “Bulldozer” Downing was born on June 27, 1932, in Shannon City, Iowa, to Jesse “Lee” and Velma (Stradley) Downing. He passed away on May 26, 2023, at his home in Fontanelle, Iowa, at the age of 90.
Don Raised on the family farm, Don helped his parents by driving tractors, milking cows, and planting crops. He attended the Orient, Iowa high school and in 1952 he married the love of his life, Joan Lowe, shortly after they met. To this union, four children were born: Dennis, Richard, Sherilyn, and Bradley.
Over the years Don worked as a truck driver and a large machinery operator. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad and several local contractors including Cummins Construction (Fontanelle) and Sterling McLaren (Shenandoah). He retired in 1997 as project supervisor from McAninch Corporation (Des Moines).
Don was the very definition of a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth, life-loving character. He was loved by his family, friends, and community for his always-present sense of humor. Don was a natural born storyteller, often leaving his audience laughing while they tried to figure out if his story was true or if he was pulling their leg. He always had time for a story and had a way of turning other people’s bad days to good ones.
Don loved working on his vintage truck and restoring John Deere mowers. Affectionately known as the Energizer Bunny, he worked on his vehicles until just a few weeks before he passed. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling throughout the US, rodeos, and sports.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Bradley; his parents, Lee and Velma; his brother Lee Ray and sister Nadean and his in-laws, Ed and Eva Lowe.
Don is survived by his wife of 71 years, Joan Downing of Fontanelle; two sons, Dennis (Denny) Downing and wife Julie of Panora, Iowa, and Richard (Rick) Downing and wife Mary of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Sherilyn (Muff) Whitman and husband Vern of Fontanelle; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; nephew, Gary Lowe and his wife Marie of Orient, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.