Joseph Leonard Downs, 81, of Bardstown passed away Wednesday August 28, 2019 at Colonial Health and Rehab. He was born March 1, 1938 in Jefferson County, and enjoyed fishing, playing horseshoes, and traveling. He retired from Barton’s Distillery after 51 years of service, and was Catholic by faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Marvin Downs and Aline Ledford Helton Downs; son, Robert Allen Downs; and brother, Carl Downs.
He is survived by his wife Catherine Downs of Bardstown; six children, Jenny (Kevin) Lyvers, Sandra (Stewart Brown) Fields, Mike (Brenda) Downs, Tammy (Glenn) Harmon, Randy (Candice) Downs, and Greg (Sher) Downs all of Bardstown; twelve grandchildren, Joey Willett, Kelly (Chris) Sallee, Matthew (Keri) Fields, Jason Downs, Kimmie Downs, Brandon Downs, Amanda (Andrew) Parrent, Derrick Downs, Clay Downs, Cameron Downs, Alex Downs, and Michael (Jess) Martin; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Ann Coulter, Doris Wathen, Edna (Tom) Durbin all of Bardstown, and Betty Lou (John) Perry of North Carolina; and brother, Jimmy (Ann) Downs of Bardstown.
His funeral service will be 11:00 am Friday August 30, 2019 at Barlow Funeral Home with burial in Bardstown Cemetery. Pastor Danny Haynes and Deacon Sam Filiatreau will officiate. Visitation will be 3 -8 pm Thursday August 29 and 9 – 11 am Friday August 30 at Barlow Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may go to Hospice of Nelson Co.