Brett William Downs

Brett William Downs

April 18, 1972 – Dec 12, 2020

Brett William Downs, 48, of Omaha, NE passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 of natural causes at his home.

Brett was born April 18, 1972 in Waterloo, IA to Monroe and Nancy (Allen) Downs. He graduated from West High School in Waterloo, IA. After graduation, Brett enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 4 years.  He was involved in Operation Desert Storm.

After serving his country he received his Bachelor’s Degree of Management Information Systems at the University of Northern Iowa, and was employed by CSG International of Omaha, NE as a Lead Systems Analyst.

He married the love of his life Jenni (Georg) Downs on August 16, 1997. The couple was blessed with two children, Luke and Lexi.

Brett was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Packers fan. He enjoyed traveling and loved spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with his family.

Brett was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, NE.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jenni; son, Luke; daughter, Lexi; father, Monroe Downs of Laurie, MO; father-in-law, John Georg; mother-in-law, Terri Georg of Holstein, IA; siblings: Dirk (Janeece) Downs of Denver, IA, Angie (Pat) Kupka of Waterloo, IA, Colleen (Brock) Weliver of Cedar Falls, IA; sibling-in-laws, Jon (Lonnie) Georg of Midway, TX and Justin (Val) Georg of Ida Grove, IA; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy; grandparents, William and Ada Downs, Harry and Agatha Allen.

Family receives friends, Friday, December 18, 2020, 12:00 noon. Services with Military rites, FRI, 1:00PM., West Center Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and MDA, Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Click here to view a family video scrapbook

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  • Lisa Posted December 15, 2020 8:22 pm

    My deepest condolences to Brett’s family. I had the privilege of working with and getting to know Brett at Hayneedle. He was wonderful to know and a huge part of the Hayneedle family. My heart goes out to his family and pray for comfort and strength.

  • Krista Bjelland Moran Posted December 15, 2020 9:38 pm

    I worked with Brett for many, many years at Hayneedle. Great guy who loved his family beyond measure. I pray that you’ll find peace and understanding in your grief. May his memory be eternal.

  • John Siarkowski Posted December 16, 2020 1:29 am

    Our hearts and prayers go out to the Down’s Family.

  • Gary & Pam Buser Posted December 16, 2020 6:38 am

    Jenni, Luke and Lexi, be sure Pam and my thoughts are with you during this trying time. Time may heal, but keep your memories alive forever. You all will be Brett’s legacy!

  • Jennifer Shipman Posted December 16, 2020 8:54 am

    My deepest sympathy on your very sad loss. Never met Brett but he sounds like a wonderful person. Such a great loss. RIP Brett.

  • Angie Posted December 16, 2020 9:35 am

    I am so incredibly sorry for the family’s loss. I worked with Brett at hayneedle and always had a smile on his face. Lifting Brett’s family and friends up in prayer.

  • Annette Spencer Posted December 16, 2020 11:27 am

    You’ll always be in our thoughts Brett, it was a pleasure working with you these past 4 years, you will be missed greatly. My condolence to your family. Rest in Peace.

  • Carissa Hassebrock Posted December 16, 2020 2:53 pm

    I worked with Brett for many years at Hayneedle, and just the thought of him still brings a smile to my face. He was a bright spot to anyone who worked with him, Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family.

  • Travis Allen/Angela Allen(Damone) Posted December 16, 2020 5:09 pm

    During the short time I knew Brett, I knew he was a great person. The world lost someone special. He won’t be forgotten.

  • Rod & Lori Krause Posted December 16, 2020 6:12 pm

    Jenni ,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Know we are keeping you and your family in our prayers and thoughts

  • John & Elli Aesoph Posted December 16, 2020 10:10 pm

    Jenni, Luke & Lexi- we are sending you love and comfort during this most difficult time. Brett was such a kind and funny guy who loved the three of you immensely. We are here for anything you need and will be lifting you up in prayer in the days and weeks ahead. Much love to you all… John, Elli & family

  • Keith Keller Posted December 17, 2020 9:16 am

    My condolences to Brett’s family. I worked with Brett and CSG and always enjoyed working and talking with him. He will be missed.

  • Nuzhat Mahmood Posted December 17, 2020 1:08 pm

    Jenni, I’m so very sorry for your loss! I am keeping
    you and your family in my prayers… May God give you strength. Sending peace and hugs..

  • Jan Finzen Posted December 17, 2020 2:34 pm

    My sympathies to Brett’s family. I worked for the physician who cared for the Downs family.

  • Shelli Clabough Posted December 17, 2020 5:28 pm

    My sympathy for your loss. God bless all of you in this time of great sorrow.

  • Debra Slater Posted December 17, 2020 7:36 pm

    I knew Brett growing up across the street on Garden Avenue in Waterloo iowa my condolences to the family you are all in my thoughts and prayers

  • Debra Slater Posted December 17, 2020 8:17 pm

    So sorry for your families loss in my thoughts and prayers

  • Cinde Wilkinson Posted December 17, 2020 10:32 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Brett. My heart is broken and I will keep you Jenni, Luke and Lexi and all your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  • Julie Waggoner Posted December 18, 2020 7:28 am

    Jenni and family…my heart goes out to you during this time. Continued prayers to all of you and much faith as you navigate the upcoming weeks and months. May you feel the Good Lord’s embrace as He now holds Brett in His hands. God bless and peace to all of you!

  • Geoff and AnnaLee Weliver Posted December 18, 2020 8:53 am

    Cole, We’re sorry to to learn of Brett’s death. Our sincere sympathy and love to you

  • Dan Polley Posted December 18, 2020 10:26 am

    Brett was a great guy to talk to and always was willing to help. I will miss him and his great attitude. I know he is in a good place with a life well lived.

  • Mitali Bishoyi Posted December 18, 2020 12:17 pm

    It was a pleasure to work with Brett at CSG for the past 4 years. We will never forget his smiling face. My heartfelt condolences to Brett’s family. We will miss you Brett!

  • Kailash Rajwani Posted December 18, 2020 5:37 pm

    Brett always liked to enjoy life to its fullest extent. I will not forget his smiling face. I was fortunate to work with Brett for last 4 years at CSG International. My heartfelt condolences to Brett’s family. We will miss you Brett.

  • Candi Viverito Posted December 19, 2020 10:47 am

    The photos here portray Brett’s vibrant personality and his beautiful family. He will forever be in your heart–hold tight to all of these memories. He is your angel and will be with you always.

  • Sandy any Ron Posted December 22, 2020 12:50 pm

    Sorry for your loss neighbors from Garden Ave the Bromleys

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