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Jerry E. Downs

August 13, 1934 ~ February 16, 2019 (age 84)
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Jerry E. Downs, 84, of Onawa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa, with Pastor Matt Sperling, officiating. Burial will follow in the Onawa Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Navy and David McNeill American Legion Post #129 of Onawa, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa with a Masonic Service at 6:30 P.M with Steve Jewett, orator.  Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Gerald Eugene was born on August 13, 1934, in Onawa, Iowa, to Samuel Hudson and Ruth Elaine (Woener) Downs. He graduated from Onawa High School in 1953.

Following graduation, Jerry served in the United States Navy. He then worked for his parents at Hobart in Sioux City, Iowa. He retired in 1994 from the service department of the food equipment business.

Jerry lived in South Sioux City, Nebraska, for over twenty years before returning to live in Onawa.  He was a very loving and giving person.  His family was very important to him.

He was a member of the Masonic Vesper Lodge #223 A.F. & A.M. in Onawa, the Abu Bekr Shrine in Sioux City, and the Scottish Rite in Sioux City.

Survivors include his daughter, Barbara (LaVerne) Holmberg of Onawa, IA; his son, Chane (Renae Logan) Downs of Lincoln, NE; four grandchildren, April (Mike) Johnston of Overland Park, KS, Ambrosia Holmberg of Onawa, IA, Anastasia Downs of California, and Damien Downs of California; two sisters, Clarine Henkel of Aurelia, IA and Elaine (Harold) Hadden of LeMars, IA; one brother, Sam (Yvonne) Downs of South Sioux City, NE; and several nieces & nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Hudson and Ruth Elaine (Woener) Downs; and brother-in-law, Jake Henkel.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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