Eddie N. Downen, 86, of Scott City, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Monticello House in Jackson.

He was born April 11, 1929, to Roy and Stella Fine Downen, at West Plains, Missouri.  He married Earlene Parker on September 3, 1949.  She passed away December 6, 1977.  He and Verna Long Hoffman were married January 16, 1983.

After graduating from West Plains High School in 1945, Eddie went to Detroit, Michigan for a short time.  Upon returning to West Plains, he went to work at Interco/Florsheim Shoe, where he held various management positions and traveled to China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, and Tiwan.  After retirement, he was an avid trout fisherman, and enjoyed gardening and carpentry until his health began to fail.

Loving survivors include his wife, Verna of Scott City; a daughter, Erma Leming of Warsaw, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Janet (Rick) Joiner of Malden, Missouri and LeeAnne Ward of Scott City; four granddaughters, Julie Ambrose of Shelbyville, Illinois, Kendra (Dustin) Gross of Cape Girardeau, Julie Culler of Malden, and Lacie Ward of Scott City; a grandson, Austin Worthy of Farmington, Missouri; four great-granddaughters, Baily and Ryann Ambrose of Shelbyville, Ashlynne and Elizabeth Culler of Malden; a brother, Skip (Ina) Downen; two sisters, Barbara Painter and Christine (David) Brewer of West Plains; many nieces and nephews; and his little white dog, Walker.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home with the Rev. Terry McKee officiating.  A memorial service will be held April 9, 2016 in West Plains with the time and location to be determined.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Southeast Hospice; FISH, 106 South Sprigg, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701; or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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  1. Brenda Rendleman

    Aunt Janie,

    Darryl and I are sorry we can’t be there for Ed’s funeral. We really thought the world of him and really enjoyed the times we had with him. We are so sorry for your loss and will keep you and everyone else who loved Ed in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love you,
    Darryl and Brenda

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