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October 30, 1998 - April 25, 2021

A service, pig-roast and bonfire in Ian’s memory will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. on his property. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or American Cancer Society.

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Age 22, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Ian was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 30, 1998, the son of Elizabeth (Mike) Taylor and Scott Downs. Besides his parents, he is survived by his older brother, Zachery Downs; grandparents, Bonnie Frederick, Jim (Sandy) Frederick, Joyce Payne, Dave & Nancy Cretsinger and Betty Taylor; great-grandmother, Shirley Downs; aunts and uncles, Andrea Frederick, Dion Morgan, Josh Cretsinger, Amanda Cretsinger, Char Clark, Steven (Marye) Cretsinger and Betty Lynn McNally; a host of great-aunts and uncles, cousins, Brayden and Jaxson Holdridge, Bob and Tom Payne, JD (Emma) Morgan, Mckenzie (Ryan) Milner-Milby, Khaleb Cretsinger, Madison Cretsinger, Kaprice Wyatt, Keyvion Cretsinger, Dan and Emily Baldwin and Ben and Zoey Cretsinger; special friends, Shawn Selner, Jose Garrido, Derek Holdridge and his very special Golden Retriever, Diesel. Ian was preceded by his grandparents, Edith Blaksley, Butch Downs and Sam Payne; great-grandfather, Gene Downs; uncle, Brendon Galich; aunt, Beth Junker and cousin, Kayla Crespi. He was a graduate of Gull Lake Community Schools and was currently employed at Mann-Hummel, where he excelled to leadership positions, enjoyed his work and was a valuable asset to his company. Ian was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt. He was a self-taught mechanic and found happiness working on vehicles. He named his prized vehicles, and they included his trucks, Cheyenne, Jordan, Samantha and his Ford Mustang, Taylor. Although Ian’s life was taken too soon and he only had 22 years on earth, he lived a full life, enjoyed living in the fast lane and took advantage of every opportunity presented to him. Ian was affectionately known as “Monkey Master” when he was a child. He had a generous and kind heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, especially if they were broke down on the side of the road. Ian was known for being rough around the edges and was a self-proclaimed “redneck”.