Miami Union

May 16, 1912 

DOWNEY, JOHN HARKER - John Harker Downey is dead at his home in Addison.  He had beenin poor health for some time and for the past three days he had declined rapidly.  He was the oldest member of a family of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Absolum Downey and was born on a farm south of St. Paris.  The deceased was about 79 and had lived nearly all his life in Mad River and Jackson townships.  His wife had been dead for a number of years and he made his home with his two daughters, Mrs. Emma Merritt and Miss Eva Downey.  He is survived by one son, John Downey of Casstown.  He also leaves his brother in Urbana, another brother, A. W. Downey living northwest of St. Paris.  Mr. Downey was a veteran of the civil war, serving in Company A. Second O. V. I.  He belonged to the G. A. R. post at Addison.  The funeral was held at Honey Creek church Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock and was in charge of Rev. Matthews of St. Paris.  Civil war comrades of the deceased acted as pallbearers and the burial was made at Honeycreek cemetery.

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