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Wayne Orville Downer

Visitation:
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Visitation Location:
Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home

Service:
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Service Location:
El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness)

Interment:
El Dorado Springs City Cemetery


Memorials/Donations
In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to St. Jude's

Obituary
Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, son-in-law and dear friend, Wayne Orville Downer, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021. Wayne, son of Jesse Victor Downer and Hazel (Wood) Downer, was born in Glendale, Arizona on May 14, 1948. He graduated from Mt. Zion Bible School in Ava, MO and served as a missionary in Mexico before enlisting in the Unites States Air Force.

During his childhood he lived in both Phoenix, Arizona as well as Salem, Oregon. Wayne was the sixth of seven children and had many fond memories of playing with his brothers, sisters, and cousins at his uncle’s orchard, sledding on Mt. Hood, or running and playing in his neighborhood in Phoenix.

Wayne married Leola (McCullick) Downer on January 8th, 1971 in El Dorado Springs. They lived in Port Lavaca, TX during the early years of their marriage where Wayne was stationed at Matagorda Island, TX as part of the 4004th Air Base Squadron. While in Port Lavaca, they had their only child, Bryan. After fulfilling his duties to his country, the family moved to El Dorado Springs where Wayne would reside until 2018 when he moved to Springfield, Missouri to be close to his grandchildren.

People recall Wayne to be someone who was always cheerful and full of life. He worked for the telephone company in El Dorado Springs for many years then later for the city electric power department. During their 47 year marriage, Wayne and Leola enjoyed boating, car shows, visiting Florida, and spending time with their family. After retirement, Wayne enjoyed taking his grandchildren for rides in his golf cart, feeding his deer, and working on projects with his son and daughter-in-law.

He is survived by his son Bryan Downer and wife Jennifer (McNish) Downer, three grandchildren, Keilei, Nathaniel, and Alexis, all of Springfield, Missouri; one brother, Lowell Downer and his wife Joan, two sisters; Marcy (Downer) Ozanne and her husband Lonnie, of Greenback, Tennessee; Melody (Downer) Willard of Maryville, Tennessee, as well as 14 Nieces and Nephews and 22 Great Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Leola Downer; parents Jesse and Hazel Downer; sister Beverly (Downer) Jerkins; and brothers Eugene Downer and Lyle Downer.

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