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Agnes R. Downing

Agnes R. Downing

Agnes R. Downing, 94, of Sturgis, SD, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Sturgis Hospital in Sturgis, SD.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Bowman Lutheran Church in Bowman. Pastor Charles Swanson will officiate with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 10-9 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home chapel in Bowman.

Agnes R. Pederson was born on November 8, 1919, the daughter of Anders and Olive (Hendrickson) Pederson. She was raised on the family farm in northeast Harding County, 18 miles south of Reeder, ND. She attended high school in Aberdeen, SD, Hettinger, ND, and graduated from Reeder High School in 1937. She met Milo H. Downing of Ludlow, SD, and they were married on April 5, 1939. They purchased the Downing farm from Milos brother Clarence. Here they raised their family of six children; Norma, Evelyn "Becky", Milo A. , James, Marilyn and Susan.

Agnes taught school for 23 years. She taught at Cox, Ladner and Lansesboro in SD. She taught 13 years at Eden School southeast of Bowman, ND. Agnes taught Sunday school and played piano while a member at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ludlow, SD. Milo and Agnes retired into Bowman in 1980. She became a member of the Bowman Lutheran Church and belonged to Circle. She was also an active member of Sodbusters. Milo passed away on June 8, 1987.

Agnes married Donald Downing of Renton, WA of February 7, 1990. She and Donald lived in Renton and later moved to South Dakota. They spent summers in the Black Hills and winters in Arizona.

Agnes is survived by her daughters; Norma (Gary) Willems of Powell, WY, Becky (Joe) Seymanski of Billings, MT, Marilyn Klein of Bismarck, ND, Sue (Glen) Kadrmas of Belfield, ND, sons; Milo A. (Barb) Downing of Bowman, ND, and Jim (Karen) Downing of Dickinson, ND, grandsons; Michael and Missy Willems and their children; Brook and Blake of Burlington, IA, Jay and Miranda Willems of Severna Park, MD, Shawn (Stephanie) Seymanski and their children; Seth, Anna of Billings, MT, and Kayla Cowin and Levi Seymanski of Aurora, CO, Shane (Becky) Seymanski of Spokane, WA, and their son Casey of Denver, CO, Tim and Kristi Klein and their children Tyler and Jessica of Hazen, ND, Tom Klein (Samantha) Klein of Hazen, ND, Jason (Tina) Downing and their daughter, Taylor of Fairfield, ND, Mark Downing of Bowman, ND, granddaughters; Wendy (Jared) Kessel and their children Chantel, Jarrett, Shane andDerrick of Belfield, ND, and Brandon of Marmarth, ND, Janel White of Mandan, ND, Dena (Brad) Sand and daughter, Lauren of Mandan, ND, Myla Downing and Staci Downing and daughter Delilah, siblings; Pearl Berg of Mithcell, SD, Opal Mathison of Seattle, WA, Elva (Chuck) Moconitas, Ft. Meyers, FL, Bea Verhulst of Reeder, ND, Grace (Keith) Hagen of Reeder, ND, Arvid (Rita) Pederson, Sturgis, SD.

Preceded in death by her husband Milo, her parents Anders and Olive Pederson, her brother, Olin Pederson, brothers-in-law; Lowell Berg, Bob Mathison and Ralph Verhulst.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services are in charge of the arrangements.