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Dean Edward Downing

October 24, 1944 April 30, 2019
Dean Edward Downing
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Dean E Downing, 74, a longtime resident of Guthrie Center, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Guthrie County Hospital after a long history of heart disease. Dean was born October 24, 1944 in Stuart to Don and Kathleen (Gibson) Downing. He resided at the family farm in Guthrie Center with his parents and younger siblings, Mike, Patrick, Doug, Angela and Joe.

Dean began his school career in a one room school house at Victory No. 8 and eventually graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1963. After graduation he held several jobs and in 1964 he joined the US Air Force serving in Minot, ND and one year in Vietnam. Dean was a hydraulic specialist in the Air Force working on B-52s and F-4 Phantoms aircrafts. In 1968 he was honorably discharged. He then began working at the Iowa State Dairy Research farm as a herdsman.

On May 6, 1972, he was united in marriage with Carol I Crabbs. This union was blessed with 6 children; Chris, Jerri, Valerie, Anne, Beatrice, and Victoria. In 1977 he moved his growing family to Adair where he worked for Faga John Deere Imp. as a tractor mechanic. In 1984 he purchased the family farm and moved his family to Guthrie Center. He enjoyed tinkering around on the farm and raising Angus cattle. In 1986 he began working at the Guthrie County Court House as head of maintenance operations.

On September 5, 2009 he was united in marriage with Lana J Trachsel, where he was blessed with 3 stepsons. Dean retired in 2011.
Dean was very proud of his service to his country. He enjoyed telling stories about his time in the service especially about working on the aircraft. He enjoyed family trips to the National Parks and loved snowmobiling in Yellowstone. Dean enjoyed road trips which usually involved traveling to another state to visit his children. Dean and Lana enjoyed trips to Alaska, Nova Scotia, and Mexico. They spent the last five winters in Arizona. He loved his cattle and his German Shepard, Sasha. Dean enjoyed his 420 and 620 tractors and gained great pleasure while driving his refurbished John Deere 630 in parades. Another passion was fall harvest when he drove trucks and operated combines for area farmers. He treasured his time with family and friends and could carry on a conversation with anyone.

Dean was a member of the American Legion Post 124, a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the caretaker and board member of Resurrection Cemetery for many years.

Left to cherish the memory of Dean Downing are his wife, Lana; Son Chris (Johnnie) Downing, Guthrie Center, IA; Daughters, Jerri (Matt) Hawkins, Lonsdale, MN, Valerie Downing, Phoenix, AZ, Anne Downing, St. Louis, MO, Beatrice (Nick) Radel, Minneapolis, MN, and Victoria (George) Toms, Fargo, ND; Stepsons, Andrew (Kirsten) Trachsel, the Plains, OH, Anthony (Meggan) Trachsel, and Adam (Laura) Trachsel, Portland, OR; Grandchildren he was proud of and who will miss him dearly: Everett, Ethan and Joseph Hawkins, Piper and Payson Downing, and Baby Boy Radel (arriving in early June); Step Grandsons Andersen & Soren Trachsel; Brothers, Mike (Linda) Downing, Doug (Janet) Downing, Joe (Cindy) Downing; Sister Angela (Chris) Oberreuter; Sisters-in-law Kathryn Lindhart and Sandra (Bill) Brown. And many nieces and nephews. Dean was preceded in death by his parents Don and Kathleen (Gibson) Downing, brother Patrick Downing, and nephew Nicholas Downing.

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5:00 PM 5/3/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/3/2019 7:00:00 PM
Saint Mary's Parish Hall

603 Main Street
guthrie center, IA 50115

Visitation will be upstairs in St. Mary's Catholic Church Parish Hall

Saint Mary's Parish Hall
603 Main Street guthrie center 50115 IA
United States

A Mass of Christian Burial




1:00 PM 5/4/2019 1:00:00 PM - 1:45 PM 5/4/2019 1:45:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

603 Main Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

St. Mary's Catholic Church
603 Main Street Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Resurrection Final Resting Place

rural Guthrie Center, IA 50115

rural Guthrie Center 50115 IA
United States

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