Joseph A. Downs, 87, passed away on Friday May 10, 2019 at Windsor Gardens. He was the son of the late James Leon Downs and Mary Regina Nally Downs. He was a native of Nelson County and attended St. Joseph Preparatory School. He retired from General Electric Appliance Park after 36 ½ years, he also worked for Wilson Brothers Chevrolet for 17 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a little league baseball coach. Also, he was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Usher.
He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Regina Roberts and Rita Wilson; and a grandson, Joe Ray Young.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Catherine Corine Hill Downs; five sons, Wayne (Shelia), Chris (Kathy) both of Bardstown, Timmy (Robin) of Davenport, FL, Danny of Springfield, and Rex (Debbie) of Boston; three daughters, Deborah (Reese) Forshee of Middleburg, FL, Jacqueline Downs, and Grace (Patrick) Young both of Bardstown; fifteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and sister, Martha Ann Clark of St. Francis.
A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 am Monday May 13, 2019 at Basilica of St. Joseph Proto- Cathedral. There will be a private graveside service at St. Joseph Cemetery. Cremation was chosen by family.
Memorial contributions may go to Alzheimer’s Research Association.
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