John D. Downing, 90, of Manor, PA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2023. He was born May 28, 1932 in Penn Township, PA to Reginald and Clara (Lester) Downing. He was a graduate of Jeannette High School Class of 1950. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War conflict. While home on leave he met the love of his life, Wanda Bosch. After marriage they moved to State College where he studied Metallurgy at Penn State. This led to a 30-year career with US Steel Research Department. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Family was very important to him. He is preceded in death by both parents; loving wife of 60 years, Wanda (Bosch) Downing; daughter, Sharon (Kreinbrook) Downing; infant son, Gregory and one sister, Clara Ann Downing. He is survived by three daughters, Melinda Kasper, Sheila Gettemy and Laura Painter (Robert); nine grandchildren, Andrew Kasper, Brendan (Gabriella) Kasper, Matthew (Nina) Gettemy, Aaron (Jennifer) Gettemy, Angela (Anthony) Colosi, Hope (David) Wilkinson, Carrington Kreinbrook (fiancé Gabrielle DeFazio), Julia Painter and Evan Painter; four great grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald (Ethel) Downing, Lester (Donna) Downing and Ken (Pat) Downing and one sister, Regina (Duane) Bosch. Friends will be received from 10 am - 12 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc. Rt 136 Madison, PA 15663. Ronald A. Rich Jr. Supervisor / Funeral Director. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 12 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Madison Union Cemetery in Madison, PA with full military honors by the Armbrust Veterans accorded.
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