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4/4/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Ronald Downey
Ronald B. Downey
Ronald B. Downey, 93, of Preston died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center - West, Davenport. 

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 9, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston, with The Rev. Gregory Geier officiating.  

Burial was in the Preston Cemetery.

Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, was in charge of the arrangements.

Ronald was born July 30, 1919, to Ben and Grace McNeil Downey near Dodge Center, Minn.  He graduated from Preston High School in 1936 and attended the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport. 

Ronald was employed in the Jackson County auditor's office for four years.  He married Ruth Sullivan Sept. 30, 1939, in Elkader.

Ronald was a teletype operator in the Army Air Corps. In Saipan, Japan, he served with the 69th Anti-Aircraft Group and was an administrative CEO in charge of processing servicemen and women for their return to the United States. Ronald was honorably discharged from the United States Army Aug. 16, 1946.

Ronald and Ruth farmed near Preston for 50 years.  He was in the dairy herd business for 20 years and had served as president of the Jackson and Clinton County Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

Following his retirement from farming in 1974, he worked as a crop hail insurance adjuster for Grinnell Mutual Insurance.  

He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston.  He was a past commander of V.F.W. Post #3633 in Maquoketa and a member of the American Legion in Preston. 

He enjoyed traveling with Ruth, Keno, reading and playing cards.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Myrna (Carl) Neumann of Clinton; a son, Robert (Denise) of Marshalltown; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marian Wacha of Omaha, Neb.; and a brother, Loyd (Barbara) of Preston.

Ronald was preceded in death by two brothers and a granddaughter.

Memorials may be given to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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