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Garry Owen Downey, 68

| January 12, 2021 7:00 AM

It is with great sadness that the family of Garry Owen Downey, 68, shares the news of his passing on Jan. 1, 2021, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center in Libby. Garry was born in Libby on April 29, 1952. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2017.

Every chance he had, Garry shared his love of hunting, fishing, camping and huckleberry and mushroom picking with his family. He enjoyed leatherwork and a rousing game of cribbage as well. Garry was a strong, patient and gentle man with a light heart and wonderful sense of humor. He shared stories of old times and passed on generations of knowledge to any who had the time to listen. Garry was an amazing father. He always looked forward to spending time with his family. The feeling was more than mutual. He will be greatly, greatly missed.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Pearl Downey; his brother, Ronny Downey; and his wife, Sandy Downey.

Survivors include his son, John Patrick (Amelia) Downey, and their three children Kaitlyn, Ethan and Emerson; daughter, Toya Laveway, and her three daughters, Trinity, Hailey and Karma; stepdaughter, Julie Adair, and her two children, Chanc and Kallie; stepdaughter, Michelle (Ken) Alldredge; stepdaughter, Tracy Adair, and her four children, Sherick, Joseph, Kylie and Marshall; two great-grandchildren, Everly and Aiden; and siblings, Cathy Bryant, Becky (Ken) Leighton and Jodie (Darin) Litterell.

Garry requested private graveside services for close family and friends to be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at