Melvin Dean Downs, 70, of Independence, passed away Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel in Kansas City. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the chapel. Burial will be in Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens in Lee's Summit. The family suggests memorial contributions to Norfleet Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 5512 Norfleet Road, Kansas City, MO 64133.
Melvin was a civil engineer and worked 30 years as a design engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. His lifetime love of flying was fulfilling, with him achieving his Privet Commercial and Instrument ratings. He and his family enjoyed flying to many interesting places over the years. He was a past president of the Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Pilots Association and a longtime member of the pilot organization known as the Quiet Birdman.
Melvin was born in Saline County on Jan. 24, 1934, growing up on a farm near Arrow Rock. He was one of 10 siblings. He was united in marriage to Marlene Brown on June 14, 1953.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles F. and Adele Downs; one daughter-in-law, Tomia Downs; one brother, James Downs; and two brothers-in-law, "Woody" Carnes and Bill McCord.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marlene Downs, of the home; sons Terry Dean Downs and wife Laura of Sunrise Beach; Ernie Lee and Janet Downs of Kansas City; granddaughters Heather Stout and husband David of Camdenton, Melissa Downs and Kimberly Downs, both of Kansas City; grandson, Thomas Downs of Sunrise Beach; stepgrandchildren, Melissa and Kengene McGuire of Columbia, Amanda Noonan of Kansas City and Justin and Megan Noonan of Sunrise Beach; great-grandchildren, Brittany and Allison Stout of Camdenton, Tyler McGuire of Columbia and Jared Noonan of Sunrise Beach; brothers, Joe Downs and wife Marie of Tonganoxie, Kan., John Downs and wife Luann of Holden, Robert Downs and wife Ramona of Raytown and Kenneth Downs and wife Brenda of Lee's Summit; sisters, Charlene Carnes of Palm Harbor, Fla., Amanda McCord of Marshall, Catherine Trindle and husband Harold of Jefferson City and Mary Elizabeth Charles and husband Willis of Sedalia; sister-in-law Gail Downs of St. Louis; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements under the care of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. (816) 353-1218.
The above is a paid obituary.