Steve Downer – Aurora

Steve Downer, 51, of Aurora, Iowa, died suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, November 10, 2021, at Unity Point-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral Service:  10:30 A.M. Monday, November 15, 2021, at the Grace United Methodist Church, Lamont, with Pastor Lisa Schroeder officiating.

Visitation: 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday and also for one hour before the service on Monday at the Grace United Methodist Church in Lamont.

Interment:  Union Cemetery, Putnam Township, rural Aurora, Iowa.

Condolences may be directed to the family at: 3486 30th Street, Lamont, IA 50650.

Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Homes, Winthrop & Lamont, are assisting the family.

Online obituary at

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and masks are suggested at the visitation and service.

Steven Edward Downer was born on April 28, 1970, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Jon Richards & Kaye Annette (Reiling) Downer.  He was raised at rural Lamont where he attended Starmont High School and enjoyed playing football and spending time with his friends.  Steve graduated from Starmont in the class of 1988.  He continued his education at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  Steve was married to Heather Bissell for 24 years and they were blessed with a son, Carter.  They later divorced.  Steve worked at Exide Technologies in Manchester for five years, the Target Distribution Center in Cedar Falls for 12 years and was currently in the maintenance department at Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids where he had worked for the past five years.

Steve was an avid football fan, always cheering on the Green Bay Packers.  He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, fishing, planning vacations, listing to music and attending live concerts, cooking smoked meats, entertaining his friends and family and spending time at the family farm.

Steve is survived by his Son:  Carter Downer of Aurora;

2 Step-Children:  Austin (Jenny) Bissell of Coon Rapids, Minnesota &

Dakotah Bissell (Michael Hursey) of Oelwein;

2 Step-Grandchildren:  Rosalie & Sterling;

Parents: Jon & Kaye Downer of Lamont;

Sister: Lisa (Keith) Douglas of Byron, Minnesota;

Brother: Greg (Katy) Downer of Lamont;

Several Aunts, Uncles & Cousins and his dog: Rudy.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents:  Harold & Maxine Downer and Clair & Ruth Reiling and 2 uncles:  Randy Reiling & Richard Downer.


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