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November 14, 2013

Robert Lee Downing

TERRE HAUTE — Robert Lee Downing, 79, of West Terre Haute, passed away at 8 a.m. Thursday Nov. 14, 2013, at his son’s cabin in Unionville, Ind. He retired from the Laborers International Union Local 204 at Terre Haute after many years of service. He was born April 2, 1934, in Vigo County, to Claude S. Downing and Margaret Smith Downing.

 Survivors include his wife, Hildegarde Hallm Downing; a son, Robert A. Downing of West Terre Haute; a daughter, Traci Rehmel of Jasonville; four stepchildren, Jeff Gilbert and his wife Deanna of Carmel, Wayne C. Gilbert and his wife Shelley of Terre Haute, Deanna Wheeler of West Terre Haute, and Stacey Bennett and her husband Bob of Terre Haute; his former daughter-in-law, Malynda “Mindy” Downing of West Terre Haute; three sisters, Irene Rudder, Barbara Cooper, and Anna Dester; three grandchildren, Crystal Downing and her fiancé Ronald Barton of West Terre Haute, Anthony Procaccini II, and Joey Riddel, both of Jasonville; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Naomi Downing; a son, Dusty Downing; and three brothers, Marion Downing, Virgil Downing, and Vernon Downing.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972 and American Legion.

Robert was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  

Funeral services for Robert will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. Third St., in West Terre Haute, with the Rev. Wendell Kirkman officiating. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be 12 noon until service time Saturday. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

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