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Elmer Wilson Donahoo

Elmer Wilson Donahoo

Elmer Wilson Donahoo died peacefully in Medford, Oregon on July 20, 2006 at the age of 87. He was born on July 15, 1919 to Eugene Elmer Donahoo and Emma Elizabeth Wilson in Cartersville, Georgia. He married Opal Launa Newell on February 8, 1941 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Elmer joined the Army in 1941 as a Second Lieutenant in World War II. He was stationed at Camp White, Oregon with the 299th Combat Engineers, where he trained for the Normandy Invasion. His mission was to clear the obstacles on Omaha Beach preceding the invasion forces landing. He was wounded at Omaha Beach and at the Battle of the Bulge, where he was captured and later escaped. His unit was also assigned to construct a floating bridge to replace the Bridge at Remagen, Belgium.

His most satisfying work was his employment by Jackson County as the Veterans Service Officer where he worked for 20 years serving the veterans of our county. Elmer was very proud to be able to help fellow veterans.

He is survived by his brother, Eugene Donahoo; his son, James E. Donahoo; and daughter, Shirley Donahoo; as well as his granddaughters, Kendra Blanchette of Sacramento, Jennifer Lynch of Medford and Summer Harrison of Portland; and his cousin, Brady Marlowe of Medford. He has eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal; his daughter, Barbara; and his sisters, Edith Sue Gaston, Ida Jane Fink, and Jo Ann Ostrander, all of Oklahoma; and his brother, William Tracy Donahoo of San Francisco.

A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Thursday, July 27, 10 a.m.