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 Gene McDonough

Gene McDonough

Birth
Colorado, USA
Death 5 Nov 2012 (aged 89)
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 100334481 · View Source
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Gene McDonough was born October 12,1923 to Gertrude and Joseph McDonough in Holyoke Co. and passed away in his sleep on November 5th, 2012 after a long battle with cancer and anemia. Gene was the youngest of six children and raised during the depression. Life was difficult in the Midwest and he and brothers and sisters learned to survive anyway they could. During a particularly harsh winter in Missouri Valley Colorado, he noticed an enlistment poster showing warm weather and good food in the US Airforce. So, he told the recruiter he was 19 (actually only 16) and joined the military. Stationed in Honolulu, he made many friends and had strong memories (some good and some bad). However, 2 days before he was to be discharged, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941. After the attack he was transferred to the infantry and spent the rest of the war fighting throughout the North Pacific, New Guinea, Guadalcanal and Australia. He was discharged in Jan of 1945 and returned to Chicago where he married and began a family. He started a career in construction where he would continue until his retirement in 1995. During the early years he worked for the Tennessee Valley Transit Authority building roads throughout the southwest and then to commercial and residential construction. He met his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, in Chester California and they've been together ever since. He supervised worked on the original Candle Stick Park in San Francisco and the Oakland Coliseum. He joined Morrison-Knudsen Construction in 1968 and moved back to Honolulu and lead the first non-Hawaiian Construction firm on the islands. He moved Ms family to Boise in 1970 when M-K centered there world headquarters here. He lead their construction team for 6 years overseeing many projects throughout the US. North Platte Neb (Mall of America), Highrise in Singapore, Federal Bldg in Lincoln Neb and the initial excavation at Disney World. He started his own company, Construction Associates, in 1979 and lead the construction expansion at St. Luke's Hospital and MISTI for 20 years. He oversaw a budget of over $90 million and was very proud to have had directed 95% of all construction costs to local firms and he helped many of those same firms stay in business during the recession of the 80's. He was a life member of the "UNITED BROTHERHOOD of CARPENTERS and JOINERS of AMERICA UNION". After retiring they traveled the US, wintering in Az, and So California and met new friends everywhere they went. Gene is preceded in death of his parents Gertrude and Joseph, his sisters Clara and Marjorie and his brothers Ross, Merrill and Tom. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and Sons, Gene Jr (Teresa), Paul (Pat) and Steve (Susan) along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He would like to thank the Doctors and Nursers at Misti (Dr Law and Dr Bucur) and those at Hospice (Wanda-Jo, Jennifer and Brenda) for helping him during his final days. He was proud to be an American and to have fought to protect the freedoms we have here. Per Gene's wishes, there will only be a graveside memorial. The ceremony will be at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery on November 13th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a favorite charity of your choice in his name. Condolences may be made for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com

Published in Idaho Statesman on November 10, 2012


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  • Created by: Barb
  • Added: 7 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100334481
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gene McDonough (12 Oct 1923–5 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100334481, ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.