Roger W. Downing

Roger W. Downing

Roger W. Downing, age 77, of Janesville and Pharr, TX, died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Pharr, TX.

He was born in Vernon County, WI on May 6, 1939, the son of Ernest Sr. “Stub” and Stella (Rynish) Wildenberg Downing. He married Larinda “Linda” M. DeLap in 1958 in Shennington, Monroe County, WI. Roger retired in November of 1987, from General Motors after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. He enjoyed his farm near Janesville, playing golf, fishing in Canada, woodworking, and his time spent at his Texas home in winter time. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Roger is survived by the love of his life, Larinda Downing; daughter, Tori Wille of Darien; son, Blake (Tammy) Downing of Edgerton; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Gaylord (Irene) Downing of Janesville and Nolen (Janice) Downing of Edgerton; sisters-in-law, Barbara Downing of Emerald Grove, Jeanette (John) Harper of Janesville, Donna of Sparta and Lucy of Reedsburg; brother-in-law, Dean (Judy) Burmaster of Fort Wayne, IN; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, RC Fehrm, siblings: Ernest Jr., David, Ronald “Trip”, Eugene “Gene”, Richard “Dick”, Gary, and Sharon Burmaster; and half-brothers, Harley and Edward Birrd.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY with Rev. Timothy Ritter officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME. Lasting Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.