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June 10, 1931 March 30, 2018
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Mr. Barney Downing, age 86, of Pleasant Hope, Missouri, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Parkview Healthcare Facility, Bolivar, Missouri. He was born on June 10, 1931 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, the son of Allie Brian and Icy Nola (Barbie) Downing.

Barney was united in marriage to Dorothy Elizabeth Davidson on January 16, 1954, and were married almost 60 years before her death on November 13, 2013.

He retired after almost 40 years from the Swift Independent meat packing plant in Rochelle, Illinois. He enjoyed fishing and coon hunting, and took great pleasure in teasing the grandchildren and great grandchildren, (he was known to them as “Poopa”), and even the neighbors.

Others who preceded Barney in death were his parents; and 12 siblings.

Barney is survived by three children and their spouses, Barney Neil and Darlene Downing, Allie Brian and Paula Downing, and Patricia Gayle and Randy Sanders; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; a brother, Allie Newman Downing; and numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family, and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., with the funeral service at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Meadors Funeral Home, 314 N. Main, Republic, MO 65738. Family and friends may share online condolences on this website, at

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