Paul S. Donohoe, much loved husband, father, brother, uncle and cousin died Sept. 24, 2012. Paul was born July 31, 1923, in Jordan, Mont., the son of Della and Carter Donohoe.
Paul attended Montana State before entering the Air Force. His passion was aviation. He got his wings in 1943 and filled his log books with flying time in virtually every type of aircraft, including some of the first Lear and Falcon corporate jets. He played his part in the WWII Berlin Airlift and the Korean War Lift, and was with the Special Air Mission flying team in Washington, D.C., for six years assigned to transport the president and other government officials and foreign guests. From the Air Force he became Chief Pilot of Executive Jet Aviation in Columbus, Ohio, and was a corporate pilot in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Texas. He ended his career in aviation as a FAA Flight Standards Inspector in Anchorage, Alaska, returning home to Montana in 2006.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents Della and Carter Donohoe, and his best buddy, brother Clay Donohoe.
He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Rae Donohoe; his son Clay W. Donohoe, Anchorage, Alaska; his daughter Robin Alessi, Grandview, Texas; siblings Irene (Bill) Hergett, Billings; West (Frances) Donohoe, Billings; cousins Rita (Bill) Dicken, Tacoma, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Paul had a full and happy life and was well-loved by his friends, family and colleagues. He was a very soft-spoken, generous and kind-hearted man, and his memory will live on in our hearts. His wish was "don't remember me with tears, but laugh and talk about me as if I was beside you." So, "cheers," Paul — fly high and proud to your next destination — “safe flight.”
A Graveside Memorial Service at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery with military honors will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.
Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel, assisted with cremation.