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Richard M. Downing

Dick passed away, Friday, December 1, 2023, at his home in Otsego.

He was born October 19, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William and Josephine (Haulter) Downing. Dick was a police officer and served as the Director of Security for General Motors for 18 years. He was also a narcotics officer and member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

In his free time Dick enjoyed fishing and golfing. He attended the First Congregational Church of Otsego for many years and was currently attending Trowbridge Community Church. On May 27, 1983 he married Sharalyn Mahieu who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter Linda (Bob) Stuber; step-children, Kim (Craig) Reed and Tim (Jane) VanderPloeg as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Dick may be made to the Trowbridge Community Church.

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Cindy Campbell

December 2, 2023 at 7:22 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was a dear man. Prayers for peace and comfort.


Libby Dendel

December 3, 2023 at 12:15 am

Sharalyn, so sorry for your loss.

Prayers and hugs dear friend.


Kim Rayburn

December 3, 2023 at 2:58 pm

Dear Sharalyn,

So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim and Wayne


Patti Youngs

December 3, 2023 at 4:40 pm

Darin and I are saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a faithful supporter and servant of the Lord. We are sending our love, hugs, and prayers to Sharalyn.


Robin Downing

December 12, 2023 at 3:04 pm

Dear Sharalyn,

I am so sorry to hear of Dicks passing and send my deepest condolences to you. Sending love and hugs at this time and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin Downing


Caitlin Downing

December 12, 2023 at 3:12 pm

Dear Sharalyn,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Uncle Dick. We thank you for all the love, care and comfort you gave to him, especially in his last years of life. You are an angel.


Holly Claire Downing clark

December 29, 2023 at 10:16 am

Uncle Dick was an amazing man. So grateful that he came to visit me and Kenny while Kenny was still alive. We made amends to each other for past lapses in our relationship and renewed our friendship. He was a good uncle! The last of the Downings to keep the name going. Just my brother nd he had two girls! Go’s bless. Uncle Dick!!!!


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