Jon M. “Jack” Downs, 74, of rural Hillsboro IN, passed away 3:03AM Thursday March 28, 2019 at his residence concluding a four year battle with cancer.
Jack was born September 7, 1944 in Danville, Illinois the son of Marvin E. and Marjorie E. (Zeigler) Downs. He married Jeri Lee Furr, his wife of nearly 55 years, August 1, 1964 at the E.U.B. Church in Veedersburg, IN.
Surviving family include his wife, Jeri Lee Downs, Hillsboro; three daughters, Leslie (Kevin) Meihls, Hillsboro; Barbara (Andy) Zachary, Clinton UT; Lori Downs, Glasgow KY; a son, Brent (Sara) Downs, New Albany IN; two brothers, Robert (Patty) Downs, Hillsboro; Dennis (Brenda) Downs, Hillsboro; a brother-in-law, Dave Van Dorn, Veedersburg; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beverly Sue Van Dorn; and two brothers, William & Thomas Downs.
Jack graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1962, and graduated from the short course Ag Program at Purdue University. He loved farming and was a life-long grain farmer. He enjoyed being outdoors, whether it was making homemade Maple Syrup in the spring or during the fall harvest season, which was his favorite time of the year. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan; he enjoyed woodworking in his free time, and was a model train enthusiast. He also enjoyed many card games, especially Euchre. In his younger years he had always enjoyed boating and was a very accomplished water skier. He was a member of the Hillsboro Christian Church.
Visitation will be 12:00 – 2:00 PM Tuesday April 2, 2019 at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM Tuesday April 2 at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Rockfield Cemetery near Veedersburg. Memorial contributions may be given to the Wallace Fire Department. Online condolences at www.dickersonfuneralhome.com