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Kent Downey, 66, of Versailles, husband of Sandy Downey, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017. A native of Versailles, he was born April 12, 1951, to the late Harry Jr. and Norma Bryant Downey. A retired state employee, he served as the director of operations for the State House of Representatives at the Legislative Research Commission and ended his career with the Woodford County Road Department. A class of 1969 graduate of Woodford County High School, he earned his bachelor's segree and graduated with honors from the University of Louisville. Growing up in Versailles, Kent was passionate about serving others in his community, where he participated in several clubs and organizations, including the Woodford County Jaycees, where he served as president. A lifelong Woodford County Democrat, he spent most of his youth and adult life working for and managing several successful statewide and local campaigns. He was an avid golfer and a devout University of Kentucky football and basketball fan. Over the years, he spent many Saturdays at Stoll Field and Commonwealth Stadium and traveled the region cheering on his beloved Wildcats. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, William (Emily) Downey and Meredith Downey, both of Versailles; a sister, Beverly Downey Mullins, Versailles; a brother, Tim Downey, Versailles; a granddaughter, Millie Downey, Versailles; and his sister of the heart, Robin Joseph Richie, Versailles. A gathering of family and friends was held Monday, June 12, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary C. Jones Community Scholarship 142 Broadway Versailles, Kentucky 40383. (Paid obituary)

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