|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1925|
|Death: ||Jul. 21, 2004|
From Helena IR 7/24/2004:
Red was born on Feb. 1, 1925 to Arthur and Myrna Davisson on the McDonnell homestead located approximately four miles outside of Ennis.
Red's childhood was spent on family ranches along the Madison River in the summer months and in schools in Helena in the winter months. When the call came out to defend the country in 1941 he stepped forward and joined the Navy. He saw combat on several ships in the Pacific Theater but most of his service occurred as Plank Owner on the U.S.S. Manila Bay, an escort carrier that participated in a majority of the major island hopping campaigns. At the end of the war, he was discharged from active duty and he enlisted in the Navy Reserves and chose Helena as his home.
While living in Helena, Red met Elizabeth Korn and they were married in 1954. They had five children, Norman, Timothy, Robert, Mark and his delight, daughter Lucy. Red also had a son, Fred, from a previous marriage.
Red was a true Montanan, an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. He was happiest with fishing, rod in hand or chasing big game in the mountains. Being a part of nature was so important to him that even while gravely ill he had his son Robert take him down to the river. When not taking advantage of the great outdoors, he enjoyed socializing with his many friends acquired over the years.
Red retired from the Helena Airport on June 30, 1987, after 16 years of service and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Elizabeth K Korn McDonnell (1933 - 2012)*
Montana State Veterans Cemetery
Lewis and Clark County
Plot: Sec B, row 4, plot 55
Created by: Bona Rae Villarta
Record added: Jul 24, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9177338