BLUFFTONTimothy G. Downey, 65, of Weston, formerly of Bluffton, died June 10, 2012.He was born in Bluffton to Marion E. and Mary Elizabeth Amstuz Downey, who preceded him in death. On March 27, 1970, at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, he married the love of his life, Debra McKibben, who survives.Mr. Downey was a 1965 graduate of Lafayette Jackson High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years in Germany as a helicopter mechanic and a member of the search and retrieval team for downed aircraft in the mountains. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University, where he was a member of the gymnastics team. He went on to work for the city of Bowling Green as an electrical lineman and later as an electrical supervisor. He retired after 35 years of service. He also was a part-time farmer and enjoyed working outdoors on the farm. He was an active member and deacon at First Christian Church in Bowling Green.Mr. Downey was very well-known and helped several of the county youth achieve their goals in track. He coached the Otsego track and field team for more than 31 years and his coaching career led to six individual state championships and numerous runners-up in the pole vault competition. He had the honor of coaching his son, Travis, to a four-time outdoor Midwest Athletic Conference championship, which led to his son being inducted into the Bowling Green State University Hall of Fame. He was honored May 4 for his years of service and dedication at the Otsego Invitational. He also received an honorary diploma from Otsego High School for his years of volunteer service to the school. He was a true family man and his family was his No. 1 priority. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren going camping. He also loved working with his hands and enjoyed several types of woodworking. He designed and built a farm home and covered bridge in Wood County. He enjoyed downhill skiing with his family and friends and also loved to plant trees and baling hay, but most of all he enjoyed the time spent working with his sons at Downey Plumbing, Heating and Electrical.Survivors include five sons, Shaun (Tammie) Downey, of Grand Rapids, Travis (Karen) Downey, of Bowling Green, Nathan Downey, of Weston, Drew (Jillian) Downey, of Grand Rapids, and Ethan Downey, of Bowling Green; seven grandchildren, Briton, Alysa, David, Kyle, Lukas, Madeline and Logan; a great-grandchild, Jaelynn; a sister, Barbara (Chuck) Runyan, of Indianapolis; and two brothers, Steven (Chris) Downey and Lance (Liz) Downey, both of Lima.He was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Downey.A celebration of life will be at a later date in First Christian Church, Bowling Green.Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home and Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green.Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402; or Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 1037 Conneaut Ave., Suite 204, Bowling Green, OH 43402.Condolences may be expressed at hannemanfh.com.
Timothy G. Downey D. Wayne Kline