Wallace W. ‘Bill’ Downard
Wallace W. “Bill” Downard, 83, of Trafalgar, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Indianapolis.
He proved himself a courageous fighter and faithful servant as he battled cancer for 12 years, praising his Savior for the days he enjoyed. He was born May 30, 1930, in Indianapolis to Carl D. and Ruby M. (Close) Downard who preceded him in death.
He is survived by five children, Marsha Jacobs (Tim-deceased) of Indianapolis, Anita Downard of Fishers, Darlene Swicegood (Robert) of Indianapolis, Ron Downard (Justine) of Westfield and Ted Downard of Indianapolis. He added two more children, Tina Kleyla (Ed) of Noblesville and Joanna Caplette (Leo) of Nineveh, when he married Rosanna (Coffey) Downard, his “Rock,” on May 23, 1981, in Fishers.
Originally from Indianapolis, Bill graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1948 and later completed training in legal and business affairs. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a Navy Seal and then returned to his family in Indianapolis where he worked for Ertel Manufacturing, retiring in 1995 from his position as Import/Export Manager.
An avid outdoorsman, Bill relocated to Trafalgar 30 years ago and enjoyed fishing and teaching others about the wonders of nature. He and his wife faithfully attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Trafalgar and Bean Blossom Baptist Church.
He is survived by 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Patricia Bendeler (Kenny, deceased) of Indianapolis and Roberta Hugill (Bruce) of Skiatook, Oklahoma; and an uncle, Lawson Close of Arcadia.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Downard.
The Revs. James Brown and Jeff Hopson will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to
8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial with military honors will follow at First Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at swartzmortuary.com.