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 Donald Raymond “Don” Aasen

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Donald Raymond “Don” Aasen

Birth
Velva, McHenry County, North Dakota, USA
Death
21 Oct 2011 (aged 86)
Los Altos, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial
Los Altos, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Plot
St. Theresa's Court, Plot OS, Sublot 1, Grave 96
Memorial ID
99054582 View Source

Donald Raymond Aasen, "Don", May 23, 1925 - October 21, 2011, resident of Los Altos, died peacefully in Los Altos on October 21, 2011. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ernestine Willidean Johnson with whom he had two sons and is survived by; David Aasen (Valerie) and Michael Aasen (Karen). He is also survived by his wife of 48 years, Olga Aasen; daughters Illyana McManus (Terry), Mary-Sonja Beasley (Bill), and Claudia Blaine (Thomas); 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his four brothers Ernest, Mahlon, Marvin, and Gordon. Don was born in Velva, North Dakota, on May 23, 1925. His early education was in a simple one-room schoolhouse and he later graduated from Minot High School before enlisting in the Air Force in 1943. He served during World War II as a tail gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, completing 35 missions over Germany. After flight schools in Texas and Nevada, he served in the Korean War as a pilot and flew the first generation of jet planes, the F-84 Thunderjet, carrying out 100 missions. He concluded his military career at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona as a jet fighter pilot instructor in the first supersonic jet, the F-100 Super Sabre. He retired from the USAF in 1965, achieving the rank of Major and receiving the Commendation Medal while serving as operations officer of his squadron.
A resident of Los Altos for 42 years, Don witnessed the growth of the Silicon Valley through his career in roofing materials sales. He enjoyed being a greeter and usher at St. William Parish in Los Altos until he suffered a stroke in 2005. Always generous and patient, he had sparkling blue eyes and a charming smile. He will forever be remembered as a devoted father and husband, and a treasured patriarch. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 AM at St. William Church, 611 S. El Monte Avenue, Los Altos, with reception to follow at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the REACH Stroke Program at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills through its website: http://www.foothill.edu//al/reach.php. or OR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program Education Fund,PMR Service/Dept of Orthopedics,Stanford Univ Sch of Med,450 Broadway St.,MC:6342,Redwood City, CA 94063Attn: Ashley Johnson.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on October 25, 2011.

Note: US Air Force, WWI, Korea.

Donald Raymond Aasen, "Don", May 23, 1925 - October 21, 2011, resident of Los Altos, died peacefully in Los Altos on October 21, 2011. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ernestine Willidean Johnson with whom he had two sons and is survived by; David Aasen (Valerie) and Michael Aasen (Karen). He is also survived by his wife of 48 years, Olga Aasen; daughters Illyana McManus (Terry), Mary-Sonja Beasley (Bill), and Claudia Blaine (Thomas); 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his four brothers Ernest, Mahlon, Marvin, and Gordon. Don was born in Velva, North Dakota, on May 23, 1925. His early education was in a simple one-room schoolhouse and he later graduated from Minot High School before enlisting in the Air Force in 1943. He served during World War II as a tail gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, completing 35 missions over Germany. After flight schools in Texas and Nevada, he served in the Korean War as a pilot and flew the first generation of jet planes, the F-84 Thunderjet, carrying out 100 missions. He concluded his military career at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona as a jet fighter pilot instructor in the first supersonic jet, the F-100 Super Sabre. He retired from the USAF in 1965, achieving the rank of Major and receiving the Commendation Medal while serving as operations officer of his squadron.
A resident of Los Altos for 42 years, Don witnessed the growth of the Silicon Valley through his career in roofing materials sales. He enjoyed being a greeter and usher at St. William Parish in Los Altos until he suffered a stroke in 2005. Always generous and patient, he had sparkling blue eyes and a charming smile. He will forever be remembered as a devoted father and husband, and a treasured patriarch. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 AM at St. William Church, 611 S. El Monte Avenue, Los Altos, with reception to follow at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the REACH Stroke Program at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills through its website: http://www.foothill.edu//al/reach.php. or OR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program Education Fund,PMR Service/Dept of Orthopedics,Stanford Univ Sch of Med,450 Broadway St.,MC:6342,Redwood City, CA 94063Attn: Ashley Johnson.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on October 25, 2011.

Note: US Air Force, WWI, Korea.


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  • Created by: Travelingal
  • Added: 17 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 99054582
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/99054582/donald-raymond-aasen: accessed ), memorial page for Donald Raymond “Don” Aasen (23 May 1925–21 Oct 2011), Find a Grave Memorial ID 99054582, citing Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Los Altos, Santa Clara County, California, USA; Maintained by Travelingal (contributor 46599115) .