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   Charles L. “Chuck” Downs, of Canton, Missouri, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 2:10 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, at 72 years of age.

   The son of Robert L. and Marjory E. Boyer Downs, Chuck was born January 8, 1935, in Canton, Missouri.

   Charles L. Downs united in marriage with Mary Eiland in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, on January 25, 1958 in Canton, Missouri.

   He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Canton.  His music ministry included the Lewis Co. Nursing Home, Country Aire, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the R.E.C. Prison Ministry, Teens Encounter Christ, and the Cursillo Movement.

   He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict from May 24, 1954 until May 24, 1957.  He was a member of the Local Carpenters Union #189.

   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Downs, of Canton; his children, Charles (Charlee) L. Downs, Jr., of Greensboro, North Carolina, Teresa (Sheldon) Robinson, of Quincy, Illinois, Lisa (Butch) Parson, of Quincy, Illinois, Robin Downs of Quincy, Illinois, Bob (Tamra) Downs of Augusta, KS, Cynthia (Kirk) Vollbracht of Quincy, Illinois, Jim (Lisa) Downs of Canton, Missouri, Angela Job of Quincy, IL, Chris Downs stationed in Yokota, Japan-US Air Force, and Shelia (Michael) Gafford of New Baden, IL; 17 Grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren; Two brothers, Jack (Carol) Downs of Green River, Illinois, and Melvin (Donna) Downs of Colona, Illinois; two sisters, Carolyn (Jim) Rutledge of Richmond, Virginia, and Judy (Don) Heckle of Quincy, Illinois; several aunts, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Chuck donated his body to the University of  Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia.

   Father Jerry Kaimann, Father Richard Frank, and Deacon Bob DePyper officiated for the Memorial Mass on Friday, May 25, 2007, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Canton with Inurnment in the Forest Grove Cemetery at a later date.

   Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Altar Sodality or Parrish Counsel.

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