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Frank Earl Downey

Longtime Pawhuska resident Frank Earl Downey died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

He was born August 13, 1926 in Stillwater, the son of Elmer and Athel (Allison) Downey. On June 16, 1960, Frank married Mary Frances Carlile of Bartlesville. The couple made their home and raised their family in Pawhuska. Frank enjoyed breaking horses, team roping and working as a pick up man for rodeos. He was a member of the Senior Pro Rodeo Association. He was also a member of the Pawhuska Round-up Club and wore many hats for the group and for the International Round-up Clubs Cavalcade as a board member, host and a contestant. Frank was proud to be a 32nd Degree Mason. Throughout his lifetime, Frank had many vocations, truck driver, pipe-liner and oil-field pumper for Calumet Oil, but what he enjoyed most was being a rancher, horseman and cattleman.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Francis Downey of Pawhuska; children, Larry Franklin Downey and wife, Carolyn, of Edmond, Linda Sue White and husband Rick, of Dewey, Sheila Howard and husband, Truman, of Copan; six grandchildren, Shawn, Jennifer, Brandon and Matt Downey, Marine Staff Sgt. Patrick Shane Codding and Clint Howard; four great-grandchildren, Freya and Carlie Downey, Nikki and Will Codding, along with a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Max Downey.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, at the First Baptist Church of Pawhuska with the Rev. Jeff Laughlin officiating. Interment was in the Pawhuska City Cemetery under the direction of McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home, of Pawhuska.

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