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“Donna and Family, We want to send our sympathy to you on Butch's passing. We were so very saddened when we received the news. Please know that we...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Bette Baxter Oesterle - IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you as you cope with this great loss. May his soul be bound with the eternal and your fond memories be many. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Meyer - Moline, IL

“Sorry to hear about your loss. I know how much you guys had loved doing your car shows together. May Our Lady of Guadelupe watch and comfort you in...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Rachel Campos - Silvis, IL

“Dear Donna, We are so very sorry for your loss. Butch was a special person and now he is a special angel in heaven. We know you will miss him so...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Don and Kathy Montgomery - Fulton, IL

“Aunt Donna, Our hearts and prayers are on you at this time of sorrow. Uncle Butch will be sorely missed. The Ortiz's Brandon,...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Brandon Ortiz Sr. - Shreveport, LA

“Donna: We both want to express our condolances. We feel the loss of a great friend. Butch had a positive impact on the lives of many people and we...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Russ and Felicia Sevedge - IL

“I'm sorry for your loss Donna, and family members. I had the pleasure of meeting Butch through our Laborers Union. And as a resisdent of Colona...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Michelle Morris - Sherrard, IL

“Donna, My condolences. I was very sad to hear of Butch's passing. It was an honor to know him and to call him friend. I will always cherish the...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Mark VandeWiele - IL - Friend

“Uncle Butch had a smile and hug for all, something I will miss, I dont think I can recall him without a smile, I can remember my dad making me take...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Cindy Downs Vollbracht - quincy,, IL

“He was a great leader at all levels of life! Family,friends,Union,Community the list is endless.When he would visit me on my jobsite as his union...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Juan Reyna Jr. - Eeast Moline, IL

“Donna, so sorry to hear of Butch's passing. My thoughts and prayer are with you at this time. Jan Thomas ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Jan Thomas - Moline, IL

“We will miss you, our friend! We have some very good memories of being together in our friendship!! R.I.P. ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Ed & Terri Butler - Cumming, IA

“Butch was a great friend of my father's (Steve Allen) and of my family. He will be greatly missed. I am sorry to hear of his passing and I will his...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Ashley Allen - Greenville, NC

“I remember attending you and Uncle Butch's wedding. Even as young as I was I could see you too had something special. When I describe you to people...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Lisa Downs-Parson - Quincy, IL

“Donna, My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bless and comfort you and your family. Sincerely, Allie ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Allie Doran - East Moline, IL

“Sorry for your loss. New him thru the union many years. he will be missed. Our hearts go out to you and your family. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: lynn "Jake" long - new boston, IL

“Donna, My deepest sympathy on your loss. You and all of Butch's friends and and relatives have lost a wonderful man. I do not think I have ever...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Duane Hudson - Colona, IL

“When they made Uncle Butch, they broke the mold. You were always a constant in my life since you started dating Aunt Donna. I will remember the...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Janet Schrock - Chelsea, AL

“Donna you have my condolences. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Jim Brondyke - Fulton, IL

“Donna, We are so sorry for your loss. Butch was one of a kind. He always had a friendly word and a smile on his face. There will never be another...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Bill and Laurie Redden - IL

“Donna, we cannot fully express our feelings on your loss. The world has lost a wonderful person way too soon. Please let the good memories help carry...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Jan & Terry Strader - Cape Coral, FL

“Donna I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all your memories. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Debbie Downing - Milan, IL

“Donna, We are so saddened to hear of Butch's passing! We thought the world of him and will miss him so much! Please know that our thoughts and...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Kyle and Jill Minnaert - IL

“First of all, My condolences to all family members and friends. God Bless You! You could always expect a hug coming to you whenever you saw Uncle...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Robin Downs-Hillebrenner - Quincy, IL

“Uncle Butch was the kindest man anyone has ever met. He will be greatly missed! From the time you rolled me off the couch as a baby and caught me...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Higgins - LaGrange, MO

“Butch helped my brother John and myself get into the union.Thank you Butch.You will be missed! ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Patrick Wickersham Sr.

Butch (Melvin) R. Downs, 63, of Colona, IL, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, IL.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Black Hawk East Foundation Auto Mechanics Scholarship or to Gilda's Club.

Butch was born on April 25, 1949 in Canton, MO, the son of Robert and Marjorie (Boyer) Downs. He married Donna Hinkle on August 22, 1970 at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. He worked as a business agent with Laborers Local #309 and retired after 34 years in 2002. Butch loved building his 1932 and 1934 Huppmobiles having shown them all over the country. He also enjoyed golfing with all of his Oakwood Country Club friends, his Harley, and traveling with his wife, Donna. Butch served on several boards including the Colona City Council for 12 years and he was on the Board of Directors at Oakwood Country Club.

Survivors include
Wife Donna Downs
Siblings Carolyn (Jim) Rutledge
Judy (Don) Heckle
Sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chuck Downs; sister-in-law, Dianna Hall; mother and father-in-law.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Constantinou and his staff, to hospice staff Mary and Tammy, and to all of our family & friends who helped us through this difficult illness.

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