Robert "Bob" Downing, will be 100

Staff reports

The family of Robert "Bob" Downing plans to celebrate Bob's 100th birthday a month early on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1-4 p.m. with an open house at the Mercer County Senior Center, Aledo.  No gifts please.

Bob was born on Dec. 17, 1909 and has lived in Aledo for 80 years and in the county all his life. He graduated from Aledo High School the class of 1928.

He marred Irene Kistler Sept. 10, 1935 in Moline. She passed away Sept. 3, 2001.

He retired in 1975 from Greer Home Improvement. He and Irene had the restaurant at the Town and Country for 10 years and then opened the Family Restaurant in Aledo.

He is a member of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church and Aledo Men's Club. He  also attends the Mercer County Senior Center where he plays pool and triominos.

His children are Curt (Sandy) Downing, Connie (Jerry) Mattson and Dennis (Norma) Downing. His grandchildren are Tim (Sheri) Downing, Ron Mattson, Randy (Jennifer) Mattson, Torey (Diana) Downing, Joelly (Lance) Greene, and Wendy Downing. His great-great grandchildren are Adam, Kelsey and Tyler Mattson and Gabriella Greene. He has one great-grandson, Connor Mattson.