Dennis ‘Dink’ Downing – Celebration Of Life 10/28/23

Dennis “Dink” Downing, 76 of Aledo, died Monday, October 9, 2023, at OSF St. Francis, Peoria. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 28, at the Mercer County VFW, Aledo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Downing Family, for a memorial to be established later. Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, is assisting the family and condolences may be left at speerfuneralhome.com.

Dennis Robert Downing was born on August 8, 1947, in Davenport, Iowa, to Robert B. and Irene (Kistler) Downing. He was a 1965 graduate of Aledo High School and attended Black Hawk College where he played baseball before being drafted into the United States Army. He was previously married to Judeen Van der Wege. On March 21, 1985, Dennis and Norma (Stroud) Olson were married.

Dennis retired from United Parcel Service in 2002 after 30 years of service, mostly in the Aledo area. After retirement he worked for Shirt Tales and as groundskeeper for Oakview Country Club. He loved sports and had even tried out for a professional baseball team, with his favorite team being the Atlanta Braves. He also played on many local fast pitch softball teams as short stop, and loved golfing, tennis, and racquet ball. Dennis enjoyed his weekly outings with friends and playing solitaire on his phone.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Norma; children and spouses: Torey and Diana Downing and Joelly and Lance Greene, both of Texas, Jon Olson of Aledo, and Wendy Downing and Brian Jordan of Tinley Park, Illinois; grandchildren: Isabella, Austin, Gabriella, Deven, Jessica, and Payton and two great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law: Connie and Jerry Mattson, and sister-in-law: Sandra Downing, all of Aledo. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Curtis Downing.