Leslie Eugene Downey Sr., 79, son of Leslie Elias Downey and Ida Mae Andrews Downey, was born March 6, 1925, at Rushville, Ind. He died Dec. 23, 2004, at his home at West Plains.He married Loweta Fern McCoy Downey Nov. 14, 1977. They were married 27 years.Mr. Downey was a World War II veteran and Boy Scout leader for 30 years. He worked in air conditioning and carpentry and loved camping, fishing and his family.He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, one brother, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.Surviving are his wife; children, Connie Cole, Larry Downey, Jane Reyes, Jean Benton, Penny McKenzie, Helen Monk, Judy Ardis, Twila Ervin and Jackie Goodreau of Texas, Vickie Willis and Leslie Downey Jr. of Missouri; 25 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.Services were Dec. 28 at the Midvale Church with the Rev. Emmett Bradford officiating. Burial was in the Arroll Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home. “

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