Doyle Downing, 93, of Locust Grove, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Claremore. He was born on March 23, 1927 in Locust Grove; the son of Lafayette “Fate” and Saddie (Tigert) Downing. Doyle faithfully served his country in the United States Army. In 1946, Doyle and his father, Fate, started a service station in Locust Grove, and then in 1954, added Downing Propane to the station. He married Helen Ruth McGuinn in 1953 and celebrated 43 years until her passing in 1996. He married Barbara Copeland in 2004. Doyle enjoyed working, joking with people, and trading cars. He was a member of the Locust Grove Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Locust Grove Presbyterian Church. Doyle was a proud master mason and a member of the Covey Lodge #460 in Locust Grove. He enjoyed his grandchildren and going to watch all their activities. He enjoyed visiting with those around him, and cherished each moment he had to spend with those closest to him. He leaves behind many memories for his family to remember.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2020 in the Hogan Cemetery in Locust Grove. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Doyle is survived by his son, Regan Downing and wife Claudette of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; wife, Barbara Downing of Bixby, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Megan Cobble and husband Ethan of Pryor, Oklahoma and Tyler Downing and wife Malia of Kansas City, Missouri; 1 great granddaughter, Eleanor Cobble of Pryor, Oklahoma; 1 sister, Jewell Foreman of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; 1 nephew, Rob Foreman; 2 nieces, Karen Withrow and Latona Hocutt. Doyle also enjoyed Barbara’s children, Paula Kay, Nick, and Michelle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Layfayette Downing and Saddie Downing and wife, Helen Ruth Downing.