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Lillian Louise (Weigel) Downen

Born - Thursday, September 10, 1914

Hanover, Washington County, Kansas

Married - Sunday, February 19, 1933

Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas

Died - Wednesday, March 14, 1984

Desert Samaritan Hospital

 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

Buried - Tuesday, March 20, 1984

East Resthaven Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona





Mrs. Lillian Weigel

Mrs. Lillian Weigel Downen was born on September 10, 1914, in Hanover, Kansas. She was the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Miller) Weigel.

In 1957, she moved to Phoenix from Independence, Missouri. She and her late husband, Roy Lloyd Downen, owned and operated the Downen and Holman Greyhound Kennels. They also raced Greyhound dogs for over 20 years in the State of Arizona.

Mrs. Downen passed away on March 14, 1984 at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa. She leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Mrs. Ruby Jo Holman, a foster son, Harold Holman, one sister, Emma Dammann, Blue Rapids, Kansas, two grandchildren, Keith and Jo Beth Lawson, both of Tempe, Arizona.

Pallbearers: Eric Bromfield, Bill Smith, Keith Lawson and Ken Schoenwetter.

Interment at East Resthaven Cemetery, 4310 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.




Husband - Roy Lloyd Downen

Born - March 18, 1911 - Missouri

Died - November 27, 1977

Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Buried - December 1, 1977

East Resthaven Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona




Roy L. Downen

Roy was a welder by trade and worked during World War II at Hanford, Washington. He and his wife Lillie moved to Phoenix and trained greyhound race dogs for many years. Their daughter, Ruby Jo, who was a widow moved to Phoenix from Illinois with her two children and married Harold Holman, who had been their friend and trainer of the greyhounds. After the death of Roy, Harold and Ruby Jo continued their business.




Daughter - Ruby Jo (Downen) Lawson Holman

Born - August  5, 1933

Marysville, Marshall County, Kansas

Married - January 5, 1951

Downs, Osborne County, Kansas

Died - December 14, 1990

Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona

1st Husband - James Russell Lawson

Born - September 27, 1930  Bridgeport, Lawrence County, Illinois

Died - April 21, 1967  Olney, Richland County, Illinois

2nd Husband - Harold Holman

Married - May 19, 1978



Sister - Minnie Margaret (Weigel) Taft

Born - June 26, 1893

Sister - Augusta Muller (Twin)

Born - June 26, 1893

Died - June 26, 1893


Sister - Ruby Clara (Weigel) Pratt

Born - December 5, 1895


Brother - August Weigel

Born - September 1898 - Nebraska

Died - 1904 - Nebraska


Sister - Emma Mathilda (Weigel) Dammann

Born - May 1,1901


Brother- Herbert Ludwig Weigel

Born - March 8, 1905


Sister  - Esther Weigel

Born - November 1911

Died - November 1911

Buried - Burr, Nebraska



Born - May 25. 1913

Died - May 25. 1913




Father - Jacob Weigel

Mother - Anna Marie (Muller) Weigel




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