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Col. John E. Downey

June 29, 1930 ~ June 23, 2018 (age 87)

COL JOHN E “JACK” DOWNEY, PASSED PEACEFULLY ON JUNE 23, 2018 IN ST. PETERSBURG, FL.  JACK IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, MARILYN DEWITT EDDY OF ST. PETERSBURG, HIS CHILDREN, KRISTEN DOWNEY CRIDER OF MILL CREEK, WA, JOHN E. DOWNEY JR OF FREDERICKSBURG, VA, PAIGE NOEL OF ST. PETERSBURG, STACY WESTBROOK OF FREDERICKSBURG, VA, DIANE NEW OF BLACKSBURG, VA , DENISE KIDD OF FAIRFAX, VA AND HIS BROTHER, GEORGE DOWNEY OF STANWOOD, WA.

JACK LOVED HIS EARLY LIFE IN WHITEFISH, MONTANA WHERE HE MANAGED WHITEFISH LAKE SWIMMING, WATERSKIED IN CYPRESS GARDENS, FL WITH ACROBATIC TEAM, AND RECEIVED A FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA.

AS A USAF CAREER FIGHTER PILOT, JACK FLEW THE F-86, F-4. F-100 AND WAS A TEAM MEMBER OF WORLD CHAMPIONS WILLIAM TELL GUNNERY TEAM, FLIGHT COMMANDER OF MANY SQUADRONS, DEVELOPED AIR REFUELING TESTING, DEVELOPED LOW LEVEL PHOTO RECONNAISSANCE OF SAM SITES IN CUBA, SUPPORTED PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S EMBARGO DECISION DURING THE CUBAN CRISIS.  JACK WAS HONORED WITH PILOT WINGS BY THE CHINESE AIR FORCE.  IN ADDITION, JACK WAS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT.  HE ENDED HIS AIR FORCE CAREER AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT IN THE PENTAGON AND RECEIVED A DAEDALIAN FOR HIS LAST TOUR OF DUTY PRIOR TO RETIRING IN JUNE 1973.

AFTER RETIREMENT, JACK WAS A GENERAL CONTRACTOR/DEVELOPER IN VA, MD AND DC.  HE WAS AN ARBITRATOR/MEDIATOR FOR CONSTRUCTION HEARINGS AS WELL AS A CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT IN JUPITER FL IN THE 90S.  JACK AND HIS WIFE RESIDED BETWEEN ANNAPOLIS MD AND JUPITER ISLAND FL AND THEN MOVED TO PALM CITY FL IN 2000.  IN 2017, THEY MOVED BACK TO ST. PETERSBURG TO BE NEAR THEIR DAUGHTER, PAIGE NOEL.

FULL MILITARY HONORS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BAY PINES NATIONAL CEMETERY ON AUGST 3, 2018 AT 10:30 AM IN MEMORY OF COL DOWNEY.  DAVID C. GROSS FUNERAL HOME IS HANDLING THE ARRANGEMENTS.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, THE FAMILY SUGGESTS DONATIONS TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OR HOSPICE OF ST. PETERSBURG.

DAVID C. GROSS FUNERAL HOMES, CENTRAL AVENUE CHAPEL IN ST. PETERSBURG IS SERVING THE FAMILY.

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