- 85 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 22, 1927
- Place of birth:
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 5, 2012
- Place of passing:
Torrance, California, United States
|As you are, I used to be, as I am, you soon will be. Prepare yourself to follow me.|
Don was born September 22, 1927 in Norristown Pennsylvania and left his
loving family to be with our lord on December 5, 2012. Don proudly served
our country in the South Pacific during WWII, first as a Merchant Marine and
then with the United States Marine Corps. His love of flying brought him to
join the USAF, Civil Air Patrol where he flew search and rescue missions for
over 40 years. Don obtained the rank of Major and was commander of his
squadron in 1980.
Don was a building contractor for most of his life and retired as a Senior
building inspector in 1989.
He is survived by Elsie, his wife of 57 years, sons Gene, Don Jr. (Nancy),
daughter Nita, and five grandchildren Patrick, Emily, Alexandra, Aaron, and
Nathan, brother David (Colleen), sisters, Elaine, Audrey, Joan, many nieces
Proceeded in death by his parents Charles and Eugenia, brothers Charles,
Harold, Ralph, Larry, and sister Mary Lou.
A memorial service will be held for Don’s family and friends.
Where: Elks Lodge # 1378 315 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA on the south east corner Veterans Park at the intersection of Catalina and Torrance Blvd.
When: January 12, 2013 1:00 - 6:00
We are looking for a few folks to say a few words, tell a story or honor him in some way at his memorial service please contact us.
Where: Discovery Bay, CA .
When: January 20, 2013 - Private Service
Dad loved the Sacramento Delta. We have a lot of fond memories of the time he spent there. We thought it very fitting that his ashes be spread there. It was a beautiful way to say our final good byes and end this chapter of our lifes. Dad, we know your enjoying your new home in Heavan and can't wait for us to join you. Until then, we'll still miss you! Good bye for now. You'll loving family and friends.
"Love you and thinking about you!"
"I love you all so much. I am so sorry we can't be there this Saturday. My heart is there with all of you. Please give Aunt Elsie a hug from me.
If someone can please send me Aunt Elsies address via facebook I would appreciate it!!
I wish we could be there.... =("
"I'm a close friend of Nita. I hadn't spent time with Don until his last birthday, when we attended his birthday party. We had such a wonderful time. I knew a lot about him through Nita, but meeting him was such a pleasure. He was a very sweet and funny man, even though he told me I was weird. I will miss future birthday parties but will always be thankful for the one I did attend."
"I can't say we were friends.We met while I was dating his beautiful daughter. We were talking in the back yard I mentioned my desire to fly Ultra-planes. In a small way he touched my life with 5 words."Why Aren't You doing It" It wasn't a challenge it was just a honest question. I thought about it whenever I thought about flying. It was a long time before I flew I never forgot thanks Don"
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