Buford Clyde Balding, Robert Thorne Downen Sr.

Buford Clyde Balding

Buford Clyde “Bud” Balding, 91, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

He had at worked Roadmaster in Olney, Illinois and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his daughter, Jana K. Balding.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. CDT today at Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of services at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside. Memorial contributions made be made to Lawrence Township Library.

Online condolences may be made at www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com.

Robert Thorne Downen Sr.

Robert Thorne Downen Sr., 77, of Wheatland, passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at GentleCare.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1941 in Fritchton, to Sam and Hazel (Thorne) Downen. Robert was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and had been employed by Indiana Farm Bureau in South Bend and Pike County. Robert had been a farmer since 1973 and loved truck driving, traveling, his kids and his dogs. He graduated from Fritchton High School in 1959 and from Michigan State University in 1963 in grain elevator management.

Surviving are his wife, Carol (Betterly) Downen, who he married on Dec. 22, 1962; his children, Barbara Downen of Houston and Robert Downen Jr. of Lake Leelanau, Michigan; his brothers and sisters, Victor Downen and his wife, Karen, of Verne, Sandra Hall and her husband, Jim, of Mobile, Alabama, Gloria Worland and her husband, Earl, of Linton, Rachel Lowe of Mobile, Martha Downen of Verne, John Downen of Mobile, Georgia Stasulis and her husband, Al, of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Tony Downen and his wife, Carolyn, of Vincennes; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his special dog, Traveler; and brothers and sisters, Sam Downen, Royal Downen, Paul Downen, and Mary Downen.

A memorial service will be announced at a later time with interment at St. Johns Cemetery at Rigglesville, Michigan. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Robert Downen.


Bellinger, Patty M., died Sept. 6. Services: 11 a.m. CDT on Friday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Illinois. Burial: Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. CDT on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences: www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com.

Bonds, Myrtle V., died Sept. 7. Services: 2 p.m. on Friday at Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home, 505 Main St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: noon until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Condolences: www.gardnerbrockman.com.

Cockerham, Kenneth E., died Sept. 6. Services: 11 a.m. today at Voss & Sons Funeral Service in Seymour. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorials: Hospice of Schneck Medical Center. Condolences: www.vossfuneralservice.com.


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