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Francis (Fran) Louis Downing

Francis Louis Downing was born on October 26, 1949, on the home farm site near Taunton to Anton and Florence (Pawlak) Downing. Fran shared his birthday, was the same age at passing as his father and both were born, resided and passed away at the same Downing Family Farm. Fran was baptized and confirmed at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton. Fran graduated from Minneota High School in 1967. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam from January 11, 1970 - December 4, 1970, and was honorably discharged in 1971. Fran worked as a photographer for a couple years in the Pacific Northwest. After his father’s death in 1975, Fran returned home to help on the family farm. He also worked for Dwire Construction and McLauglin Schulz. He achieved his Associate’s Degree in Landscape Design from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemont. On July 10, 1982, he was united in marriage to Valerie Voss at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. Fran owned and operated a landscape business and worked doing maintenance at Southwest Minnesota State University. He retired from the University in 1995 but continued farming and doing landscape projects. Fran was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and ice fishing. He also enjoyed his family, especially his children’s activities and time with his grandchildren. Fran was a hard worker, to provide a good life for his family. Fran died on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at his residence in Taunton under the care of Avera at Home Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Val, of Taunton; children Ryan (and Amy) Rand of Winona, Alyssa (and Rhett) Lamoreaux of Minnetonka, Jaqlyn Downing (and fiancé Jake Brauer) of Edina; grandchildren Kaylee, Emily, Ryker, Tyson and Aubrielle; brother Merl (and Josephine) Downing of Ivanhoe; sisters Marge (and Dean) Hansen of Canby, Cathy (and Stan) Paulsen of Canby, Bea (and Tom) DeLaCruz of Lewisville, and Phyllis (and Al) Pedersen of Ortonville; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Matthew Rand, maternal grandparents Anton and Martha (Drietz) Pawlak, paternal grandparents R.B. (Rueben) and Helen (Kosmalski) Downing, infant sister Marian Downing and infant brother Delno Downing, and nephew Johnathan Paulsen.

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Val, we are sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Mark and Jill Erickson May 14 2018 5:14 PM

So sorry for your loss Fran will be missed

Kim jack Heather Jasmyne Baune May 11 2018 9:56 AM

Val and family, sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers

Ty& Judy Roberts May 9 2018 9:01 AM

Sorry for your loss...you are all in my prayers.

Alisha Larson May 8 2018 10:59 AM

I am so sorry Val, Alyssa and the Downing family. Fran will always be an incredible light because his life is an example of loving kindness. I will always treasure knowing my cousin who left an indelible mark on my heart and family. My mother, Adeline Frenzel O'Neil, loved him dearly. I plan to attend the service Saturday.

Colleen O'Neil Van House May 8 2018 9:53 AM

Val and Family Sorry for your loss. Fran was an awesome guy. He was so kind and caring especially to my Dad. Sorry I will not be able to offer my condolences in person due to my work schedule. Thought & Prayers Colleen Tharp

Kim & Colleen Tharp May 7 2018 4:46 PM