Bruce Downey, 69 of Washington DC formally of Plattsburg Mo died Monday June 3, 2013 at a Kansas City Mo., Hospital. Born on Feb. 14, 1944 to Denis S. and Mary K. (Cooke) Downey in Jonesboro Arkansas. Bruce was of the Catholic Faith and was a graduate of Plattsburg High School class of 1962. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in History 1966; Masters in History 1968 both from the University Of Missouri Columbia. While at MU he was the president of the student union his senior year; member of the mystical 7 honor society; the Alpha Tua Omega Fraternity. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Bruce was a life long Democrat, an avid reader, world traveler; member of the Nation Press Club; American Legion; Presidential Fellow at Xerox Corp, and he also studied economics at Yale University. In 1972 he served as Administrative Assistant to Congressional Represenitive William Hull Jr. Bruce retired as Senior Executive with the United States Postal Service in Washington DC., after 35 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his brothers, Brant (Mary Ann) Downey of Plattsburg Missouri; Denis (Beth) Downey of Blue Springs, MO; his sister Kathy Downey of Liberty Missouri; two aunts, Dorothy Shelley of Daytona Beach Florida, Clara Mann of Leawood Kansas and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be held 11:00AM Saturday June 8. 2013 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church Plattsburg Mo, interment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service at the Parrish Hall. The Family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society. Online guest book and obituary at HYPERLINK “http://www.baileycox.com” www.baileycox.com