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William F. "Bill" Downing
Obituary for
William F. "Bill" Downing
Submitted by: Bob Chada

© Guthrie News Leaders
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

William F. "Bill" Downing
April 7, 1926 - Feb. 25, 2006
William F. "Bill" Downing slipped peacefully away to his eternal home on Saturday, February 25, 2006. He was 79.
Bill was born in Guthrie, OK. April 7, 1926 to William P. and Mittie Ferrol Lee Downing. He was raised in Guthrie and graduated from Guthrie High School in 1944 and went into the U. S. Navy where he served from May 1944 to February 1945. When he returned home he went to work for his parents at Downing Candy Company as a route salesman. Bill married Mary Jo Branch and they had three sons. They later divorced.
In 1965 Bill married Joyce Uselton and moved to Oklahoma City where he worked for Chew Cartage Company until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents and his sister Marilyn Neff.
Bill is survived by six children, William Stockwell and wife Mia, Edmond; Michael Stockwell; Brent Stockwell and wife Debbie, Oklahoma City; VaLenda McKee and husband David, Christina Smith, Oklahoma City; Brian Downing, Pollock, L. A. Ten grandchildren; Pamela, Billy and Lisa Stockwell, Edmond, Cord Stockwell; Katy Miears and husband Perry, Oklahoma City; David McKee, Oklahoma City; Joe McKee and wife Melanie, Guthrie and Susie McKee, Guthrie; Ashley Downing, Guthrie, and Daniel Smith, Oklahoma City. Four great grandchildren; Connor McKee; Joe and Selina McKee, Guthrie and Josiah Miears, Oklahoma City and many nieces, nephews, friends and family.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, Guthrie, OK. officiated by Dr. Dennis Clark of First Christian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie, OK.
There will be a memorial stone set at Crescent Cemetery. He was deeply loved by his family and will be sorely missed.

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