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In Memory of
Steve Downing
August 2, 1944 - May 30, 2021

Visitation:
Sunday, June 6th from 5-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Steve (Harry Stephen) Downing passed into the loving arms of his Creator on May 31st after a lengthy illness. Steve was born August 2nd, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio to his parents Harry C. Downing and Elizabeth Willcox Downing. Steve graduated from Franklin Heights High School in Columbus class of 1962.

Steve began his 47-year banking career while still in high school working in a co-op program at City National Bank. Ready to attend OSU upon high school graduation, Steve opted instead to stay at City National, which later became Bank One. In the early days of financial computing, Steve had the distinction of becoming one of the first computer programmers in Ohio banking. A noted pioneer in the electronic banking industry, he performed decades of important work in Electronic Data Processing (EDP), Financial Card Services (FCS) and helped to lead the Common Systems Conversions for Bank One. Rising through the banking ranks, Steve eventually became a well-known Vice President at JP Morgan Chase and eventually retired in 2010.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years Pamela, her daughter Amber Groome, and his sons: Matt (Trish) Downing, Mark (Shelly) Downing; grandchildren: Nick (Georgianne) Downing, Monica Downing, Andrea Downing, Natalie Downing and sister Mary (Dale) James. Preceded in death by his sister Elizabeth Ann.

Steve was a founding member of the Columbus Marathon sporting event. Auto racing was another passion and he raced Fiats in the SCCA (Sport Car Club of America). He passed his passion to his sons who both race with the SCCA. Steve always enjoyed watching his sons and getting race updates when he could not attend.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 6th from 5-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, OH 43081.

Condolences

Don Lincicome

Jun 4, 2021

Steve you will be missed...It has been many years since we were last together but your memory does and will always remain with me as a true friend. Rest in peace my friend.

 

Judy Sharpe-Kosmatka

Jun 6, 2021

Dear Pam - I am so sorry that Steve isn't here with us any longer. His heart was so large and his humor even larger. I was just thinking about him last week...I wish I would have acted on my impulse to call him. God bless you, Pam. I will miss Steve.

 

Willie Franklin

Jun 6, 2021

The heart knows a good Soul when it meets One. Steve you are and forever will be a great Soul. Thank you my friend for the opportunity to know you, talk with you and laugh with you. You will be forever missed. To Pam, my condolences on the loss of your beautiful partner in life. You both are amazing and your friendship, Willie Franklin

 

Mel Irwin

Jun 6, 2021

Our deepest sympathy in Steve's passing. We were blessed with many happy memories of the time we spent together especially racing, repairing the cars, eating, racing, repairing the car, eating.....and the best chili cookoffs ever! God bless you Steve and thank you for sharing your caring heart. Mel, Martin, Mindi, Maxleigh and Kam Irwin.

 

Ben Weigand

Jun 8, 2021

I was so sad to hear about Steve's passing today. He was one of my favorite people. I admired his positive attitude and his wisdom. He will be missed deeply by so many people. I pray that God shower His Love and Comfort to Pam and family, and I look forward to seeing him again in heaven!