Robert Ray Downing, 78, of DeGraff, passed away at 7:03 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Bellefontaine on Feb. 20, 1939, to the late Robert Lee and Eva Winifred Moore Downing.
On May 12, 1958, Ray married the former Mary Joan Clay and she survives; along with their four children, Lisa (David) Brown and Gina (Curtis) Fry, both of DeGraff, Rhonda (Lewis) Brill of Mechanicsburg and Chris (Jenny) Downing of Cable; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kelly) Fry, Eric Fry, Lyle (Jessica) Brill, Sarah (Adam Riedmiller) Brill, Sondra Downing, Traci Downing, Shari (Mike) Boysel, Sam (Meredith) Dillon and Cassie (Zach) Fairchild; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, David Downing; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ray was also preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Logan, and brother, Jerry Downing.
A U.S. Army Reserve veteran from 1956 to 1964, Ray was self-employed most of his life. He was a retired owner and operator of RJ Transport and D&D Tree Service. He was a former Washington Township zoning officer, former member of Teamsters Union 1206, and an active member of the NRA. A lover of horses, he was a lifetime member of the Rushsylvania Rough Riders. He enjoyed camping, western horse shows and contest racing, where he made countless life-long friends.
Calling is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes St., DeGraff, where Pastor Jerry Lewis officiates a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Burial follows in Highland Memorial Cemetery in West Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.