John Joseph Downs Sr. age 88, longtime resident of Corpus Christi, TX passed away on March 21st, 2019 in Sugar Land, TX surrounded by family.
He was born on November 8th, 1930, to Maria Refugio Garcia Downs and Terry Lee Downs, at Old Mercy Hospital in Laredo, TX.
In 1948 he enlisted into the Marine Corps at the age of 17, three months shy of his 18th birthday. He then fought in the Korean War and participated at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir under frigid conditions. Part of C company 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, he piloted his beloved Amtrak, Kabuto. He was honorably discharged as an E6 with a purple heart, bronze and silver stars in 1955.
Upon returning home he entered into vocational school in Chicago and learned about diesel engines and locomotives. Then while operating power plant diesel engines in Vietnam he met his wife of 47 years, Dong Thi Duyen.
He was an enthusiast of photography, locomotives, non-fiction, locally made breakfast, and the Houston Texans.
He is survived by wife Duyen, son John Jr, and daughter Maria.
A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel, 4357 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. With a funeral service to start at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.