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Robert Ray Downing

Robert Ray Downing, 78, of DeGraff, passed away at 7:03 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio on February 20, 1939 to the late Robert Lee and Eva Winifred (Moore) Downing.

On May 12, 1958, Ray married the former Mary Joan Clay and she survives along with their four children, Lisa (David) Brown and Gina (Curtis) Fry, both of DeGraff, Rhonda (Lewis) Brill of Mechanicsburg, and Chris (Jenny) Downing of Cable; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kelly) Fry, Eric Fry, Lyle (Jessica) Brill, Sarah (Adam Riedmiller) Brill, Sondra Downing, Traci Downing, Shari (Mike) Boysel, Sam (Meredith) Dillon, and Cassie (Zach) Fairchild; nine great grandchildren; a brother, David Downing; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ray was also preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Logan, and brother, Jerry Downing.

A U.S. Army Reserve veteran from 1956 to 1964, Ray was self-employed most of his life. He was a retired owner/operator of RJ Transport and D&D Tree Service. He was a former Washington Township zoning officer, former member of Teamster Union 1206, and an active member of the NRA. A lover of horses, he was a lifetime member of the Rushsylvania Rough Riders. He enjoyed camping, western horse shows and contest racing, where he made countless lifelong friends.

The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes Street, DeGraff, Ohio. Pastor Jerry Lewis will officiate a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2nd at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff and online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.edsfh.com.

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