Don Fredrick Downing, 86, of Prairie Village, KS died peacefully May 6th 2015. He was born in Clyde, Cloud County, KS, one of two sons of Fredrick Arthur Downing and Lola (Tiff) Downing. He was educated in the Glasco, KS public schools and later attended and graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He went on to join the U.S. Army where he served 2 years during the Korean War.
In 1951 he was married to the former Beverly Jean Lascala (Wickland) in Kansas City, MO where they had four children. He later married Constance Kay (Grant) in March of 1973 with her two children Kathryn Grant & Dalton Grant
Don Downing was employed by New York Life Insurance Company for over 50 years and was an honorary MDRT participant for over 40 years. He was a very active member within his church St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church located in Mission, KS. He also spearheaded the Haitian Outreach Program leading medical missions to Haiti over 30 times since 1984. Don was an avid writer and was a grand hobby of his for many years. He also was the proud author of the book “Hooked on Haiti” that contained short stories of his intimate travels to that region. Don and his family were survivors of the tragic Hyatt Hotel skywalk collapse that occurred in downtown Kansas City, MO in 1982.
He leaves his beloved wife Constance Kay Downing (Connie); his four son’s Stephan Downing of Thornton, CO; Thomas Downing of Gulf Breeze, FL; Michael Downing of Boulder, CO/Finestrat,Spain; Timothy Downing of Denver, CO; Kathryn Grant of Parkville, MO and Dalton Grant of Hollywood, CA and grandchild, Spencer Downing of Boulder, CO. He also leaves behind his brother Robert Downing of Hamilton, MT.
Please join us for a celebration of life that brought us all near and dear to Don F. Downing. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church located at 6630 Nall Avenue Mission KS with the Rev. Dr. Kevin D. Huddleston presiding. Memorial gifts in Mr. Downing’ memory can be made to the Haitian Outreach Program at St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church or to The Salvation Army of Kansas City. Assistance by Funerals Advocates, LLC.