Russell Eugene Downs


Dec. 3, 2019 — Russell Eugene Downs was born March 8, 1923, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and died at age 96 on Sunday evening, Nov. 24, 2019, at Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence, Ore. 

Russell joined the U.S. Marines in 1942, achieved sergeant in 1944, was awarded the Good Conduct Metal in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a member of the Florence VFW, Band of Brothers (Florence) and the Masonic Lodge in Guerneville, Calif.

After being discharged from the Marines, he married Barbara Stephens and moved to California, where he resided until 2002. Barbara preceded him in death in 2000.

Russell was re-married in 2002 to Betty Woerner, who survives him in Florence. He is also survived by a niece, Tammy M. Morris; a nephew, Darrell Downs; and several cousins, including Judith Collin-Lousier of Portland, Ore. 

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, 1935 25th St., in Florence on Friday, Dec. 6, beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Ron Allen will officiate.

Russell will be greatly missed by all.  His generosity, sense of humor and pleasant smile will linger on in our memories.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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