Joseph L. ‘Jerry’ Downs
June 10, 1928 — March 5, 2018

Joseph L. “Jerry” Downs went home to the Lord on March 5, 2018, at the age of 89.

Jerry is survived by his sister-in-law Joyce (Glenn) Volkmann.

He is the special uncle of Richard (Jean) Martin, Diane (Ralph) Holtz and Greg (Lisa) Martin; great-uncle of 10 and great-great-uncle of five. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Downs, of 57 years, and his sister Dolores “Oodie” (Don) Stark.

Jerry worked for the Waukesha County Highway Department for 33 years and served on the Mukwonago Fire Department for 25 years, including being the captain. He served with U.S. Army in the Korean War from 1950-1952. He was a longtime member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Jerry loved hunting, fishing and was an avid sports fan.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 410 W. Veteran’s Way, Mukwonago, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Additional Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial to follow at Rural Home Cemetery in Big Bend.

Memorial donations can be made to the church or the Mukwonago Fire Department.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 262-363-7126 or visit online at