Kenneth Oliver “Kenny” Downs

  • Kenny Downs
    Kenny Downs

    Kenneth Oliver “Kenny” Downs, 62, of Beardstown died Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Mt. Sterling.
    He was born Dec. 28, 1957, in Rushville, the son of Homer Oliver and Vada Kirkham Downs. He married Debbie Jarrett on March 17, 1979, in Beardstown and she survives.
    He is also survived by his mother, Vada Downs of Rushville; his son, Travis Downs of Rushville; his daughter, Tiffany (husband Chris) Burton of Meredosia; four grandchildren, Brady and Brynlea Downs and Brennan and Hayden Burton; two brothers, Chris (wife Barb) Downs and Darrin Downs, both of Rushville; his mother-in-law, Delores Jarrett of Beardstown; a brother-in-law, Bobby (wife Adora) Jarrett of Beardstown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, his father-in-law Bob Jarrett, and a niece Mandy.
    Kenny graduated from Rushville High School in the class of 1976. He had worked for Knipmeyers and Alters in Beardstown before his 25-year career with the city of Beardstown, retiring as sexton. For the past 14 years, he has been running a route to Colorado for DOT Foods in Mt. Sterling and was currently still employed with them.
    Kenny liked tinkering in his garage and was known as his own personal contractor during home improvements. He enjoyed deer hunting and had a passion for riding his Harley but most of all he cherished each moment spent with his grandchildren.  
    Private family services will be held with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet with friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Friends are encouraged to watch Kenny’s services streaming live at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, on the funeral home website at  
    Due to the current health situation, face masks will be required and to comply with social distancing guidelines, a limited number of people will be allowed in the memorial home at one time.   
    Memorials have been suggested to American Heart Association. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.