Dr. James Edward Downey, 70, died Monday, April 22. 2013, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
Dr. James Edward Downey, 70, died Monday, April 22. 2013, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born May 4, 1942, to Edward T. and Neva Loraine Brown Downey in Wright, Kan. He attended St. Mary's of The Plains in Dodge City, Kan. and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He was in the National Guard and was an accountant, Chiropractor, farmer and later became a teacher for U.S.D. 308. On July20, 1964, James married Celeste E. Shramek in Ness City, Kan. She survives. Other survivors include daughters, Adrienne Jacks and husband Bruce, Winter Park, Flor.; Gretchen Oshita, Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Dr. Germaine Buck and husband Ron, Fairway, Kan.; grandchildren, Austen, Gracen, Christian, Alec, Magella, Emilia, Olivia and Jelissa; sisters, Sherry Batman and husband Richard, Engels, Kan., Jeanie Downey, Wright, Kan., and David Downey, Seaside, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, J. Byron Downey. Parish rosary will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 at Church Of The Holy Cross with Mass of Christian with burial to follow at 10:30 a.m. with Celebrants Father Joseph Eckberg and Father Ned Blick presiding. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday noon to 9 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Catholic High School in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a personal condolence for James' family.