Dec. 9, 1920 Frankfort Clinton County Indiana, USA
Jun. 5, 2012 Alton Madison County Illinois, USA
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 4:00 am
James Arnold Downard, DVM, 91, of Michigantown, died June 5, 2012 at Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton Ill. He was born Dec. 9, 1920 in Frankfort, to William Earl and Maude (Custer) Downard.
He married Jean Downard in Windfall, Kan. and she preceded him in death in 1981. He then married Mary Valentine Hill in Greenfield, Ill. on Feb. 14, 1982, and she survives.
Dr. Downard was a graduate of Business School in Fort Wayne and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine on June 15, 1951. He grew up in Indiana, lived in Iowa, Illinois, San Juan Puerto Rico, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland and then retired to Indiana.
He ran a private practice Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield from 1951-1964 and then worked for the USDA Veterinary Medical Service from 1964-1987. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, where he was a B-17 Pilot from April 21, 1942 to Oct. 4, 1945. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for extinguishing a fire in the cockpit during a combat run, the Oakleaf Cluster for the DFC with 25 missions completed, Air Medal for five missions completed, then three Oakleaf Clusters for additional 15 missions, and the European-African-Mideast Service Medal for active duty.
Dr. Downard was a member of the Michigantown Christian Church and the Michigantown Lions Club. He enjoyed owning and flying small planes.
In addition to his wife, Mary Downard, of Godfrey, Ill., he is survived by two daughters: Marilyn (Michael) Johnson of Topeka, Kan. and Ellen (Kenneth) Reikowski of Valrico, Fla.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a son: James A. Downard Jr., on Feb. 21, 2011; and three sisters: Mary Ellen Downard, Virginia Hoemig and Martha Gordon.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at noon until the time of service at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery, Michigantown.