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MOUNT PULASKI -- Eugene Ellis Downing,
95, of Mount Pulaski died Friday, July 6, 2007, at 1:34 a.m. at
Vonderlieth Living Center.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Mount Pulaski
Christian Church. A Masonic service will follow at 7 p.m. His
funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with Jeremy
Thomason and Bill Shanle officiating.
Burial, with military rites, will be in Mount
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount
Pulaski is handling arrangements.
Mr. Downing was owner of Downing Insurance
Agency, which is now Downing, Przykopanski, Clements
and May Insurance Agency in Mount Pulaski. He also
taught grade school and high school and was a farm
He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army,
serving from 1941 to 1946, during World War II.
He was born March 11, 1912, in Mount Pulaski to
Ellis Charles and Leona Ethel Ryan Downing. He
married Zedna Livingston in Iberia, Mo., on June 14,
1941. She preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 1960. He
married Maxine Campbell Schultz in Mount Pulaski on
Jan 26, 1967.
He is survived by his wife, of Mount Pulaski; one
son, William Ellis (and Diana) Downing of Redmond,
Wash.; one stepson, Michael Dean (and Janice E.)
Schultz of Omaha, Neb.; one stepdaughter, Denise
Diane (and Scott) Traver of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; six
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers and
He was a member of Mount Pulaski Christian
Church, Mount Pulaski Masonic Blue Lodge AF & AM,
Logan County Shrine, Springfield Ansar Shrine, Mount
Pulaski American Legion Post 447, Mount Pulaski
Township Historical Society and was a Paul Harris
Memorials may be made to Mount Pulaski American
Legion Post 447 or Mount Pulaski Christian Church.
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