Robert Downey


Robert Downey, 1919-2007

Marching Hundred Alumnus Robert Downey passed away in Monticello, Indiana, on June 24, 2007, in the emergency room at White County Memorial Hospital.

Robert graduated in 1937 from Monticello High School, and went to Indiana University, where he was a member of the Marching 100, an ROTC Band at that time. He graduated from IU in 1941.

On Jan. 23, 1946, he married Emma E. Bowman in Monticello. She preceded him in death on June 15, 1998.

Mr. Downey served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked at Downey Insurance Inc. from 1947 until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He was a 60-year member of the Monticello Kiwanis Club, where he had served as president and had perfect attendance for more than 55 years. Other memberships included the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post, both of Monticello.

Mr. Downey enjoyed going to church, golfing, hiking, dancing and playing his clarinet. He also liked spending his winters in Mesa, Arizona. He was a former member of the Elks Lodge in Logansport, and was a member of the Monticello I.O.O.F. Lodge 107 for more than 50 years.

Surviving are three sons, Dr. Thomas F. Downey (wife: Judith) of Lafayette and Charles R. Downey (wife: Carol) and Robert B. Downey (wife: Suzanne), both of Monticello.

Robert Downey was buried with full military rites on June 27, 2007. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello or to the Kidney Foundation.

[Much of this material came from the obituary in the Lafayette Journal and Courier, and the bulletin from the Miller-Roscka Funeral Home in Monticello.]