PRIVATE Memorial Service: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Stephen Robert Downs age 61 went home to Jesus on Saturday, December 5, 2020.
On December 9, 1958 Stephen was born in Hillsdale, Michigan to the late Robert and Marjorie (Purdy) Downs.
Steve was previously married to Elizabeth (Frisbie) Barrington of Colon, and had four children.
On June 20, 1992 Steve married Diane Mallen of Colon, Michigan.
Steve Downs was a lifelong member of the Colon Community, part of the graduating class of 1977. He was a past member of the school board, was the Voice of the Magi for many years, helped to found the t-ball program, and many other contributions. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and creating many cherished memories. Whether he was road tripping to sporting events, helping with projects around their homes, or baking thousands of Christmas cookies, he was always quick to spend time with family, and share joke. Many knew of his love of the St. Louis Cardinals and quoting movies.
Steve is survived today by his loving wife of 28 years, Diane of Colon, Michigan, Children: Michael (Jamie) Downs of Three Rivers, Andrew Downs of Colon, Christopher Downs (Kayla Robbins) of Laramie, WY, Rebecca (Ryan) Peterson, Kitty Hawk, NC. Stepchildren: Bryan Mallen of Colon, Robyn (Michael) Wigdzinski of Geneva, IL, and Brittany (Andrew) Fuller of Geneva, IL. 22 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren with one on the way. Siblings: Jim (Cheri) Downs of Farmington Hills, Bruce (Joyce) Downs, South Bend, IN., Cathy (Rex) Wattles of Bronson, Gail (Brad) Hartman of Colon. Many nieces, nephews, and countless others who have become loved members of our family over the years.
Stephen was preceded in death by his parents.
Following Stephen’s wishes a cremation will be taking place. The family will be holding a private memorial service on Thursday, December 10 at 1pm at the Sturgeon Lake Pavilion. Due to the current pandemic, we will offer a Facebook live viewing of the services for the public to join us. Interment will take place at a later date when the public can attend.
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In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial donations be made to the animal rescue fund of your choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at Schipperfuneralhome.com.