David D. Downing

Aug. 17, 1954 – July 20, 2013

David D. Downing, 58, of Germantown, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls due to an accidental drowning. He was born in Waukesha on Aug. 17, 1954, the youngest child of Glenn E. and Harriet A. (Service) Downing.

Dave was a 1973 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and was also a graduate of WCTI and St. Norbert College. He had been employed with AMOCO and Fleet Farm locally and previously had worked in Sun Valley, Idaho, California and Arizona. Dave enjoyed traveling and had many friends throughout the country.

Dave is survived by his loving sisters, Jan (Lynn) Griffin of Tomahawk, Martha Sanville of St.

Louis Park, Minn., and Valerie (Tony) Cappozzo of Sun Prairie; and his nieces and nephews, Cheri (Paul) Filanowski of Norwalk, Conn., Sarah (Dennis) Showalter of Wayzata, MN, David (Katie) Cappozzo of McFarland, WI, Katie (Chris) Barmann of Platte City, Mo., Dan Cappozzo of Oro Valley, Ariz., Philip (Denise) Downing of Holmen, and John Downing of Ixonia. Dave is further survived by Aunt Dorie Clayton of East Troy, great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Harriet Downing; one brother, Robert J. Downing; and a nephew, Matthew A. Sanville.

A celebration of David’s life will take place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Frame Park shelter, 701 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Dave may be given to the American Diabetes Association- Wisconsin, 375 Bishops Way, Suite 220, Brookfield, WI 53005. Dave was a beloved brother, favorite uncle and a loyal friend. He faced many challenges throughout his lifetime with much courage, perseverance and quick wit, and will be remembered by all who knew and loved him for his overall positive outlook on life.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services are serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit