George E. Downard, 81, of Tecumseh, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor with his family at his side. He was born on Dec. 30, 1928, in Onsted, Mich., the son of Cecil K. and Nora (Withrow) Downard. He married Betty M. Handy, his bride of 55 years, on Aug. 12, 1950, until she preceded him in death on Nov.1, 2005.
George was a Tecumseh resident since 1950 after moving here from Tipton. He worked for the Tecumseh Products Company for 38 years until he retired in 1984. He also, along with his wife Betty and their family, catered for many festivities and weddings for over 25 years in the Lenawee, Monroe, Hillsdale, Jackson, and Washtenaw county areas. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and was a proud member of the American Legion Post #34 and VFW Post #4187, both in Tecumseh, was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Drives and truly enjoyed the outdoors, especially the times he spent hunting and camping. In recent years, when he wasn't at the former Boomers Burgers or Big Boy, you could find him tinkering on “who knows what” and crafting at home. He fondly spoke of the times he spent with his family camping, playing cards, and time spent up north. He will be missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him over the years.
He is survived by his three sons, Douglas (Debra), Gregory (Tanya) and Christopher (Darlene) all of Tecumseh; his daughter, Laura S. Downard of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; one brother, William “Leroy” (Judy) of Gwinn, Mich.; one sister, Juanita Cutchall of Frederic, Mich.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil K. Donald D. and Alvin.