Last Name: Downey
First Name: Joseph
Middle Name: R
Date of Death: April 24, 1996
Newspaper: Delaware County (PA) Daily Times
Date of Newspaper: April 30, 1996
Contributor: Florence E O'Bryan
Text of Obituary:
Joseph R. Downey, 73, of Fenwick Island, Del., formerly active in fire circles in Delaware County, died April 24 at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md.
Born in Chester, Mr. Downey was the son of the late Philip J. Downey and Lucy E. McCormick Downey. He grew up and attended school in Chester. Mr. Downey was employed as a draftsman for the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 32 years before retiring in 1981 / 1984 (?). After that time, he and his family moved to Fenwick Island.
Earlier in his life, Mr. Downey was employed by Sun Oil Co. and the former General Steel Castings Co. During his married life, Mr. Downey lived for many years in Glenolden and Rutledge. He was a former member of Woodlyn Baptist Church and in recent years attended church in Delaware.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Downey received the Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge. He participated in the campaigns at Normancy, Northern France and the Rhineland and was wounded in battle.
A member of the Bethany Beach, Del. Volunteer Fire Company, he served as the fire recorder there. Mr. Downey also was an honorary lifetime member of the Felton Fire Company, Chester, where he had been active for many years. In addition, he belonged to the Delaware County Firemen's Association. A life member of the Disabled American Veterans Association, he previously had been a member of the American Legion.
In his later years, he took up wood carving and became quite proficient, doing likenesses of friends and family, other figurative work and a variety of wildlife, particularly ducks.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Margarete A. Ruggerman Downey, a daughter, Donna Kay Daly of Swedesboro, N.J., a brother Philip J. Downey of Sun City, Fla., a sister, Virginia Roth of the Boothwyn postal area and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service took place at 1 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Marple, where burial followed.
Calling hours were from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hastings Funeral Home, Selbyville, Del.
Notes: Mr. Downey was born 12/12/1922.
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