BARTLEY -- Kenneth L. Downer, age 76, died Tuesday (April 2, 2002) at his home north of Bartley. He was born on October 4, 1925 in Harrisburg, Neb. to Herbert and Mary (Shafar) Downer.
Kenneth graduated from Banner County High School in Harrisburg. He married Maxine Leafdale in 1945 and they had 6 children. Kenneth farmed with his brothers in Banner County until 1961. At that time Kenneth and Maxine moved to their farm north of Bartley.
Kenneth was a member of Kemper Memorial Methodist Church in Bartley, Masonic Lodge No. 228 AF&AM, Scottish Rite and Dorcas Chapter of Eastern Star in Bartley. He served on the Red Willow County Fair Board for 27 years; he also served on the Bartley School Board for several years and the Bartley Equity Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Nathan in infancy, and Allerton; and two brothers-in-law, Isaac Bjornsen and Roy Corr.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Maxine; four sons, Steve and wife, Patricia of Cambridge, Herb and wife, RozLynn of Mason City, Neb., Tom and wife, Cheryl of Wichita, Kan., and Andy and wife, Pamela of Cambridge; two daughters, Susan and husband, Steve Ervin and Holly and husband, Jim Mollhoff of Cambridge; twelve grandchildren, Melissa and husband, Gabe Critchfield of Bartley, Derek Downer and Todd Downer of Cambridge, Deb and husband, Mike Shuck of Hastings, Janelle and husband, Paul Davis, Heather and husband, Terry Madison and Heidi Downer all of Kearney, Hope Downer of Mason City, Neb., Cody Ervin and wife, Kim of Bartley, Caren Ervin of Cambridge, Amy Mollhoff of North Platte and Josh Mollhoff of Glenvil, Neb; five great-granddaughters, Sarah and Emily Shuck of Hastings, Karlie Swink of Bartley, Cassie Ervin of Cambridge and Paige Ervin of Bartley; one brother, Howard Downer and wife, Margie of Harrisburg; two sisters, Marguerite Bjornsen of Vancouver, Wash and Maxine Corr of Gerring, Neb.; two sisters-in-law, Betty Downer of Gerring and Marjorie and husband, John Loehlin of Austin, Texas; one brother-in-law, Norris Leafdale and wife, Judy of Harrisburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be Friday, 2 p.m., at the Cambridge Methodist Church with the Rev. Art Phillips officiating. Interment will be in the Bartley Cemetery at Bartley.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.