William Downs

William Downs

OLIVET – William "Bill" Alen Downs, 53, of Olivet passed away at 8:06 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 18, 2012) at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

He was born to James Sr. and Lucille (Landis) Downs on Sept. 22, 1959, in Danville. He was united in marriage to Marsone "Marcie" Garrigus on Jan. 8, 1993, in Danville. She will miss him dearly.

He will also be missed by his daughter, Bobbi (Terry) Reed of Sidell, and her children, Maranda and Russell Reed; his daughter, Kayla Key (Kevin) of Veedersburg, Ind., and her daughter, Kendra Amos; his brother, James (Janet) Downs Jr. of Ridge Farm; his sisters, Pat Ellies (Shorty) of Flora and Sandy (Jim) Phillips of Ridge Farm; his several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Coco. His parents preceded him in death.

Bill worked as a production technician at Pioneer Hi-Bred International for 34 years. He had many friends whom he enjoyed hanging out with. He enjoyed going mushroom hunting, watching Illinois basketball games, and going bowling. He also loved making his bologna salad/oyster dressing and sharing with family and friends. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor James Blue officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm.

Memorial donations may be given in his name to Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Please join Bill's family in sharing memories through his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.