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RIchard Downen

October 28, 1941 — November 27, 2019

Richard L. "Dick" Downen, 78, of Normal, passed away at 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Bickford House in Bloomington, IL.
Dick was born on October 28, 1941, in Kappa, IL, to Virl and Claudine Thompson Downen. He married Shirley Shickel on October 14, 1961, in Bloomington, IL. She survives.
Survivors also include two daughters: Brenda Downen of Bloomington and Tammy
(Mike) Ummel of Hudson; a special friend who was like a daughter: Laurie Swain of Bloomington; one sister: Judy Price of Wapella; one brother: Terry (Marvigail) Downen of Athens; one grandchild: Mitchell (Shelby) Ummel of Normal; and one great-grandchild soon to arrive.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Meghan Ummel, who greeted him at Heaven.
Dick retired from GE after working in maintenance for 37 years. He was also a volunteer for the Hudson Fire Department.
Thank you to the entire team at Mary B's for their excellent care, especially Katie and Kathy who gave him a safe and loving place to land on his journey home. Thank you also goes to OSF Hospice for their support.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Shirley Ryan will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online tributes and condolences may be made at


DEC 3. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

Funeral Service

DEC 3. 11:00 AM (CST)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

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