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Richard Downing

Richard "Fuzzy" Downing

Friday, April 28th, 1950 - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
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Obituary

Mass of Christian Burial for Richard “Fuzzy” Downing, 69, of Minneota, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota.

Richard Charles “Fuzzy” Downing was born on April 28, 1950, in Marshall, to Donald and Emma (Noyes) Downing. He grew up in Porter and graduated from Minneota High School. On March 4, 1972, he was united in marriage to Joyce Hamerlinck at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. The couple made their home and raised their family in Minneota. Fuz did road construction for a time for McLaughlin & Schultz and Dwire Company. He worked for Lyon County for 32 years and served on the Minneota Fire Department for over 25 years before retiring. After retirement, he worked for Runnings and part time for Bruce Van Keulen and Sterzinger Construction, Inc.

Fuzzy had a tender heart and a love for animals. He raised pheasants and cared for random birds, turtles, ducks, and more. He enjoyed restoring old vehicles and driving trucks. Quite often Fuzzy could be found delivering vegetables to friends on his golf cart. He enjoyed visiting with anyone (and everyone). Fuz was an avid Minneota Vikings fan. The greatest joy in his life was his grandchildren who he would often brag about.

Fuzzy died on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, as the result of a car accident south of Minneota. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Minneota; daughter Nacole (and Jeff) Sussner of Minneota; grandchildren Lydia, Logan, Lyzah, and Libby; siblings Louis (and Cheryl), Colleen (and Kim), Jeanie (and Al); sister-in-law JoAnn; Hamerlinck in-laws Jane, Jean (and Jim), Janet, Judy (and Tom), Cletus (and Lorraine); and nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was reunited with his daughter Joyel in heaven, and will also be welcomed by his parents Don and Emma, sister Diane, brother Greg, infant siblings, in-laws Alfonce and Elsie, Ernie, Joanne, and Abby.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp - Horvath Funeral Home - Minneota
    Address
    124 E. 1st St.
    MINNEOTA, MN
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    CCW Rosary 4:00 p.m. and Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at funeral home
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
    Location
    Rehkamp - Horvath Funeral Home - Minneota
    Address
    124 E. 1st St.
    MINNEOTA, MN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    CCW Rosary 4:00 p.m. and Prayer Service 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at funeral home
  • Service

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    Address
    409 N. Adams
    MINNEOTA, MN
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Janet Faris

Posted at 12:26pm
Sending my deepest sympathies to you Joyce and the entire family at this time. He was a huge part of Minneota. Richard was so giving of his time to the community, family and friends. He will be missed by all. RIP "Fuzzy".
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Robert Fox

Posted at 03:28pm
I was so shocked and sad when I heard about this 😢. My condolences to the entire family. We had some great times together and he will be missed but not forgotten. RIP Fuzzy
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Darlene Noyes

Posted at 03:23pm
My deepest sympathy to Joyce & Family! Fuzzy will be sadly missed. He was q great guy to be around. Very kind...
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