Harry Edward Downs Jr.

October 20, 1923 ~ September 22, 2019 (age 95)

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Harry Edward Downs Jr., formerly of Parma Heights, OH., died at his daughters home in North Ridgeville, OH. , on Sept. 22, 2019 at the age of 95. Harry was surrounded by his family.

Born October 20, 1923 in Cleveland, OH. , he was the son of the late Harry Downs Sr. & Martha Fenske Downs.

Harry proudly served in the United States Army, serving during World War II in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines, COB 153rd Engineer Combat Battalion.

Harry moved from Oil City, PA. to Cleveland after attending Edinboro Teachers College for commercial art to attend Coopers School of Art. He worked at a studio at Bill Ripley and Associates as a commercial artist and eventually owned his own business in downtown Cleveland for over thirty years.

Harry was an avid sportsman, hunted and fished his entire life and enjoyed his cottage on the Allegheny River in Ahrensville for over fifty years.

He was a member of the VFW and the K of C.

Harry was married to the former Therese A. Driscoll in St. Joseph Church and she preceded him in death on June 26, 2002.

He is survived by two daughters and their spouses.

Kathy Lehman & her husband Dan and their children

Kevin Lehman, Kileen Lehman and Mary Katelyn Lehman all of North Ridgeville, OH.

Karen Downs Marrone & her husband Bryan and their daughters

Haley Marrone and Hanna Marrone all from Pittsburgh, PA.

One sister

Marie Marczak of Oil City

one brother

Bill Downs of Oil City

as well as sister-in-law

Catherine McGraw of Meadville

and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was a loving and devoted family man. Better known as “Grandpa” or“Knucklehead” to all who knew him, Harry's comedic personality, quick wit and heart of gold will be missed by all.

Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and from 6-9P.M. Thursday in the Reinsel Funeral Home, 116 Bissell Ave. Oil City, PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday in St. Joseph Church with Fr. Ian McElrath, Presiding.

Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery.

Military Honors will be accorded at Church by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project or K9s for Warriors

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September 26, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Reinsel Funeral Home & Crematory
116 Bissell Ave.
Oil City, PA 16301

September 26, 2019

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Reinsel Funeral Home & Crematory
116 Bissell Ave.
Oil City, PA 16301

Mass of Christian Burial
September 27, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Church
35 Pearl Avenue
Oil City, PA. 16301

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