Ronny P Downey, age 72, passed away on December 22, 2019 at his home in Troy, MT. Ron was born on July 14, 1947 in Newport, WA to Jack and Pearl Strange Downey, and was the oldest of five children. Ron graduated from Troy High School in 1965, and he then began his work career at the Company and the Forest Service. After seventeen years at the Forest Service, Ron became employed at the County Road Department. He retired from his position as Road Foreman in 2011, when he was elected as Lincoln County Commissioner for the Troy District. He retired from his position as Commissioner in August of 2014.
Ron married Mary Jo Lockwood in August of 1983. Throughout their years, they went on many adventures together where they partook in some of Ron’s favorite pastimes, hunting, fishing, and camping. Some of their favorite memories were made at Ross Creek Cedars, Yaak, and Bull River. Ron also enjoyed Leatherwork, which he took up after retirement.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Pearl Downey and his daughter, Jacqueline Downey.
Ron is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; his 4 daughters, Ronene Weaver (Doug) of St Maries, ID; Shannon Pepiot of Elko, NV; Sheree Beard (Justin) of Elko, NV; and Daniele Grigsby (Joe) of Beaverton, OR; siblings Cathy Bryant, Garry Downey, Becky Leighton (Ken), and Jodie Litterell (Darin); 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held for Ron at 1:00 pm at the Milnor Lake Cemetery on January 4, 2020. A reception will follow at the VFW Hall. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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