H. John Downin, 62

May 04, 2009

AUG. 29, 1946-APRIL 30, 2009

GREENVILLE, N.C. - H. John Downin, age 62, of 2491 Jay Circle Greenville, N.C., and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died unexpectedly at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Born Aug. 29, 1946, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry Walter and Joyce Elaine (Gardner) Downin.

John retired after 41 years employment with Sprint and Embarq, and was currently working for Nokia-Siemens in Greenville. He was a life member and past commander of Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319 and a member of Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373, both of Greencastle.


John also was a member of Mount Pisgah Lodge 443 F.&A.M. of Greencastle and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Greencastle.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War, and was a 1964 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.

He and his wife, Noreen K. (Kendall) Downin, were married Dec. 28, 1996, in Greencastle.

Surviving family in addition to his wife are one daughter, Monica S. (wife of Keith) Eshleman, Greencastle; two sons, Harry J. Downin II and significant other, Lisa Moore, Greencastle, and Richard W. Downin and fiance, Tiffany Richmond, Greencastle; stepson, Christopher E. Russell and fiance, Amy Farmer, Greenville; three brothers, Ronald Downin, resident of Quincy Retirement Home, Doug Downin, Waynesboro, Pa., and Timothy Downin, Salisbury, Md.; two sisters, Sandy Branch, Hagerstown, Md., and Angie Lease, Waynesboro; and two granddaughters, Caitlin Eshleman and Hannah Downin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Amanda Jo "Mandy" Downin Downey, on Dec. 13, 1998.

There will be no public viewing per his request but the family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, where the Greencastle VFW will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. and the Mount Pisgah Lodge will hold a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Interment with military honors provided by the Chambersburg VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Mandy Downin Scholarship Fund, c/o Monica Eshleman, 87 Orchard Circle, Greencastle, PA 17225.

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