OBITUARY - DR. GERALD LEISER DOWNIE
Dr. Gerald DOWNIE of Kankakee, Illinois, died November 7, 2000, at Provena Heritage Village in Kankakee.
He was born July 20, 1903, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, the first child of Everal Sumner and Emma Barbara (LEISER) DOWNIE.
On June 30, 1932, he married the former Maurine HERTZ. The couple had four children: Emma Jean, Myra May, Joyce and
Dr. DOWNIE, 97, had practiced medicine for more than 60 years and had won a host of civic and religious awards
for his service to the community and to the world's missions.
A career medical missionary, he ministered in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Zimbabwe, as well as people in Kankakee
county, Illinois when he returned there. He practiced medicine until 1992, when he retired at the age of 89.
He is preceded in death by his parents Everal and Emma DOWNIE; his wife Maurine on October 1, 1994; one brother Dale
DOWNIE; and one sister Bernadine STEWART.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Burton and Lydia DOWNIE of Denver, Colorado; three daughters and two
sons-in-law, Emma Jean DOWNIE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Myra May and John VanUXEM of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Joyce
Maurine and Peter CHAPMAN of Australia; one sister Aileene BEAMAN of Mount Ayr; three grandchildren and two
Services were held Saturday, November 11, 2000, at Asbury United Methodist Church, where he was a member, with pastors
Frank NESTLER, Don LONG, Herb THOMPSON and Leah POGEMILLER officiating.
Burial was in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church for missions projects selected by the family.
Schreffler Funeral Homes of Kankakee was in charge of arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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