John "Jack" Downing

John “Jack” H. Downing, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Born on December 22, 1930 in Ballston Spa, he was a life-long resident and son of the late Loren and Catherine (Maxwell) Downing.

Jack worked for many years at Curtis Lumber Co. in Ballston Spa, retiring as a construction manager. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War, and earned a Bronze Star Medal for heroism on the battle field along with 3 Bronze Service Stars. Jack was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association as well as the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association. He enjoyed woodworking and wood carving and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Agnes Downing of Ballston Spa; his daughters, Deann Downing (Cathy Fiore) and Darlene Walker (John Gardner) all of Ballston Spa; his granddaughter, Ashley Walker (Matt Sherman) of Ballston Spa; his sister, Doris Wade of Ballston Spa; several nieces and nephews and his special friends, Dan and Rose Nelson and Dave Seymour.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or to The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Guest Book

Kim Walker

I am so sorry Ashley and Darlene


Dee and Cathy,
Thinking of you.

Frank Blair

Agnes, Deann & Darlene,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. I had the honor and pleasure to work with Jack at Curtis Lumber Company for 30 years and had the highest respect for him as a co-worker and as a friend. Our hearts are with all of you through these sad hours.
Jack was a special person and will be missed.

Frank, Mary Jane and Scott Blair

Gay and Bill O'Brien

So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a quiet man but always stood strong for his country. He is in God's hands now. All our sympathy to Agnes and the 'girls'.

Tami Walker

Ashley and Darlene thinking of you in time of sorrow

Greg and Trish Roberts

So sorry to hear the news regarding Jack. He was a wonderful man who we admired greatly. Always enjoyed talking to him. Very humble man who served others and loved our country. Great example to our family of men from the greatest generalization. We will miss him.

with deepest sympathy Greg and Trish

Chaplain Paul O'Keefe

Sending Sincere Condolences To Jack's Wife Agnes and Family from The Korean War Veterans Association, Adirondack Chapter #60. Jack will certainly be missed by Our Members and Spouses. He did so much for His beloved Korean War Brothers and Sisters, plus He was a Dedicated Honor Guard @ the Gerald Solomon National Cemetery. Rest In Peace Jack.

Cheryl Jenks

Ashley, you and your family are in my thoughts. Take some time for yourself