Frederick L. Downs

Frederick Lester Downs, 77, of Frankfort, died March 12, 2023 at home. He was born September 29, 1945 in Kalamazoo, MI to Gilbert and Edna (Reedy) Downs.

Fred graduated from Johnsville High School in Johnsville, OH in 1963. He graduated from Taylor University with a BS in Math, and Indiana University with an MS in Education. He taught math for 34 years at the Community Schools of Frankfort where he also coached basketball and cross country. After retiring from teaching, he worked at the Farmers Bank in Frankfort. Fred enjoyed golf, woodworking, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Fred’s faith was expressed in his love for Jesus, his family, and his friends. Fred was a 54-year member of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher, Bethel Bible Study leader, and member of the choir and the men’s quartet.

Fred was predeceased by siblings Marvin and wife Marrbell, Rosalie and husband Jerry, Mildred and husband Dan, and Russell.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Carol (Coates) Downs; daughter Megan (Mark) Wickersham of Evansville, IN; Mindy Robbins (John Baird) of Frankfort; sister-in-law Donna Downs of Mt. Vernon, OH; grandchildren Cody, Logan, Rose (Adam), Tanner, Grace, Payton, Josiah, and Braiden.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 17th at Goodwin Funeral Home (200 S. Main St., Frankfort, IN) and a celebration of life service will be held at 1p.m., Saturday, March 18th at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church (352 W Clinton St. Frankfort).  Memorial donations may be made to the church’s mission fund. Condolences and memories may be shared at