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Thomas D. Downs

September 21, 1951 — January 19, 2024

Lebanon


Thomas Dallas Downs, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 19, 2024 in North Cornwall Township, Pennsylvania. He was born on Friday, September 21, 1951 to Thomas D. Downs, Sr., and the late Virginia A. Grote Downs in Denton County, Texas. Thomas was a true patriot and served our country in the 75th Airborne Ranger Battalion, K Company. He was assigned on a four man LRRP team during the Vietnam War and was a purple heart recipient. After his service in Vietnam, Thomas continued to work for the United States government as a System Analyst until his retirement. When he wasn’t busy working, Thomas enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and watching sports. His favorite teams were the Cleveland Browns, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Atlanta Braves. He was also passionate about the Civil War, American History and researching his family’s ancestry. Thomas was also a member of the Disabled Veterans Association, the National Rifle Association as well as a member of VFW – Post 148 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his father Thomas D. Downs, Sr. of Texas; Companion of 8 years, Karen Weaver; sons Thomas D. Downs, III (Rachel A. Downs) of California, and Christopher A. Downs (Tiffany M. Downs) of Lebanon; Grandchildren Amanda, Chelsea, Hannah, Tyler, Michael, Thomas and Emily; and great-grandchildren Aaden, Peyton, Addalynn, Asher, Cooper, Hazel and Arlo; and siblings Mark Downs (Starla Downs), Karen A. Fisher and Patricia L. Conway. He is predeceased by his mother, Virginia A. Downs. Services will be held at Christman’s Funeral Home, Inc., 226 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA, on Monday, January 292024. A public viewing will be held at 11:00 AM followed by the funeral service at 12:00 PM. Burial and Military Honors will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Thomas to the Disabled Veterans Association, the ALS foundation or to VFW – Post 148, 5802 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA, 17111.


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Visitation

Monday, January 29, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Christman's Funeral Home, Inc.

226 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA 17042

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Funeral Service

Monday, January 29, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Christman's Funeral Home, Inc.

226 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA 17042

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Burial

Monday, January 29, 2024

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

60 Indiantown Gap Rd, Annville, PA 17003

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