Gerald (Jerry) Francis Downey age 82, passed away March 11, 2013 in Pearisburg Virginia at the home of his daughter, with the devoted aide of Good Samaritan Hospice.
Jerry was born May 5, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Paul Francis Downey & Bridget Mary Downey (Ryan) from Tipperary, Ireland. One of two brothers, his brother John Downey, is recently deceased.
Downey was Roman Catholic. He graduated in 1948 from De La Salle High School, Chicago Illinois. He then served his country becoming a Sergeant in the US Army infantry (Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry), where he was awarded for his exemplary conduct as a Radio Chief during combat in the Korean War. He went on to serve on the Chicago Police Force and later as a policeman for the University of Berkely California, where he retired. Jerry spent his later years in the New River Valley, Virginia as a loving father and grandfather. His generous spirit, Irish witt, singing, dancing & story telling will be long remembered.
Gerald is survived by his first born son Gerald L Condon, Houston TX, his daughter Roxanne R Elliott, Pearisburg VA and his granddaughter, Sasha Rose Elliott, Charlotte NC. He has 5 nieces and nephews in the Chicago area and a sister-in-law June from Grant Park IL. Additionally, he is survived by his first cousin Teresa (Downey) Weddle and her husband Melbourne Weddle of Santa Barbara CA.
Funeral service: Wednesday March 13 at 7pm. Family will receive friends before and after the service. Kendall Funeral Home 605 Snidow Street Pembroke 540-626-7221.
Veteran Service Burial: March 14, 2013 -11am - Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery 5550 Bagging Plant Road, Dublin VA 24084 540-674-6893. All are welcome at the services.