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DOWNEY, AUBREY RICHARD

Posted By Whitney & Murphy On December 27, 2019 @ 3:25 pm In Obituary | 1 Comment

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Downey, Aubrey Richard 98 yrs. 1921-2019
Aubrey Richard Downey was born in Morvin, AL to Vance and Lillie Downey on Nov. 2,1921.
Aubrey passed peacefully just before sunrise, on Dec.12, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Aubrey Richard Downey served his country in the United States Army, from 1942-1945. Aubrey enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was inducted at Ft. McClellen, AL. The Pacific Theater was his mission as a “Flying Tiger” in the 375th Bombardment Squadron of the Army Air Forces. He was
stationed in Kunming, China. Following his service and upon returning home to Alabama from WWII, Aubrey met Rae Wilson. They married in Jackson, AL on Sept.10,1947 and built a home in Grove Hill. In 1949, they moved to AZ to start their family. Debra Ann and John Patrick Downey were born to Aubrey and Rae. Life in Tucson included a vibrant career in sales and management as well as V.P. of All-American Distributors. Aubrey and Rae were founding members of Christ Church Methodist. Aubrey’s love of the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, and storytelling were the catalyst that developed lifelong friendships. Many other friendships were enjoyed while playings cards, attending dances at The Elks Club, and through many community charities events. Aubrey Downey also known as “Dick” Downey loved people!
He would lift the spirit of people with his humor and wonderful storytelling. Aubrey and Rae lived in Tucson for 67 years before moving to Scottsdale, AZ.
Aubrey Richard Downey is survived by his wife Rae, daughter Debra (Marc), son Pat (Debbie).
Grandchildren, Dana (Jack) Joyner, Zachary (Cissy) Lovoy, Alex Scott, Stejer Downey and Aubrey Downey. Great-Grandchildren, Jilian Joyner, Jack Joyner IV. Nieces, Marilyn Robinson, Judy Gosnell (Dave) and nephew, Larry (Debbie) Downey. Alabama nephew, Bobby Downey.
Nieces, Anita (Ken) Bush and Latona Hudson (Lamar). Great nieces, Angela, Gina, Daniel, and Brittany. Great-nephews, Jeff, Craig, Morie, Blake (Eliza), Jared, Bill and Josh.
Great-great-grand-nieces and nephews are many and all deeply cherished.
We as the family of A.R.Downey, would like to thank our dearest friends and our families for their loving support during this time of loss. Also, a special thank you to all the caregivers.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to your favorite charity.
A private service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.


Condolences for the family of “DOWNEY, AUBREY RICHARD”

Condolence from Jamie Snider, Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 8th, 2020 3:57 pm

Dear Mrs. Downey, Debby and Pat – what a true gentleman and generous, ethical man A.R. was. I was saddened to hear of his passing. Without “Mr. Downey”, as I as a teenager called him, I would never have learned to hunt nor heard his campfire stories of flying over the hump from Burma to China in WWII. May you find comfort in his legacy of friendship and generosity.

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