The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 6, 2013

Ronald B. Downey

Ronald B. Downey

July 30, 1919- April 4, 2013

Ronald B. Downey, age 93, of Preston, Iowa died on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Genesis Medical Center West, Davenport, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston with Reverend Gregory Geier officiating. Burial will take place in the Preston Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston. Memorials may be given to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Ronald was born on July 30, 1919, the son of Ben and Grace (McNeil) Downey near Dodge Center, Minnesota. His family returned to the area when he was a year old. 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 was married to Ruth Sullivan on September 30, 1939 in Elkader, Iowa.

In the summer of 1944, Ronald decided to volunteer for military service. He entered the Army Air Corps where he was a teletype operator. He was on the high seas in the Pacific Ocean when VJ Day took place. On the Island of Saipan, Japan he served with the 69th Anti-Aircraft Group and was an Administrative C.E.O. in charge of processing servicemen and women for their return to the United States. Ronald was honorably discharged from the United States Army on August 16, 1946 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

Ronald and Ruth farmed for three years near Lost Nation before coming in 1950 to the farm near Preston where they lived for fifty years. He was in the dairy herd business for twenty years and at one time served as President of the Jackson and Clinton County Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

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