Rev. Russell G. Downs
September 01, 1937 ‒ April 16, 2018
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Rev. Russell G. Downs, age 80, of Mount Vernon finished his race on Monday morning, April 16, 2018 at home with his daughters by his side. He was born on September 1, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the late Gilbert and Edna (Reedy) Downs. He grew up in Johnsville, Ohio where he was a graduate of Johnsville High School, class of 1955.
Russell graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1961 with a degree in Theology. He was involved with many offices in the Church of the Nazarene. He pastored in the Church of the Nazarene for over 41 years in Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia. Most recently, before he retired in 2011, he was visitation Pastor at Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene. His greatest joy was to tell others about Jesus. He had a gift for encouragement. Visiting others and sharing the love of Jesus was his passion and his calling. He counted it a privilege to be a pastor, husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren lovingly called him “Pa”. He was a blessing and encouragement to his family and everyone who knew him.
Russell is survived by his loving wife, Donna R. (Hester) Downs, whom he married on August 21, 1959; his daughters, Nita (Dana) Riffle, Joan (Steve) Gocking; his grandchildren, Danae Riffle, Darcie Riffle, Dalayna Riffle, Dylan Riffle and Nathan Gocking; his brother Fred (Carol) Downs; his brother-in-law Jerry Whittington; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his brother Marvin (Marrbell) Downs; and his sisters, Mildred (Dan) Mitchell and Rosalie Whittington.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of a memorial service at Noon on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the First Church of Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Ave, Mount Vernon. Rev. Russ Gumm will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene Ministries.
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