Visitation will be held Thursday, July 2, from 4 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.
Funeral Service will be held Friday, July 3 with prayers at 9:30 AM from Brust Funeral Home to Christ the King Church, Lombard for 10 AM Mass.
Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.
Mr. Downing is survived by three children, William J., Jr. (Michelle) of Roselle, Elizabeth J. James of North Carolina, and Robert (Angela) of Tennessee; eight (8) grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Danielle, Madison, Allison, Cole, Alexi, and Jake; and two (2) brothers, Richard of New York, and John of New York.
Mr. Downing is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Betsy, nee Salvagno; his brother, Larry; and his sister, Gloria.
Mr. Downing was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964. He was a member of American Legion Post #80 of Downers Grove. Mr. Downing was a resident of Tennessee since March and was formerly of Lombard from 1978 to 2015.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs appreciated.