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Donald R. Ladendorf


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Donald R. Ladendorf Obituary
Ladendorf, Donald R.
93, of Peoria Arizona passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015. He was born on January 22nd, 1922 in Des Plaines, IL. Don grew up in Des Plaines, joining the Army Air Corps in December of 1941. As a pilot, he trained other pilots to fly bombers throughout most of WWII - his favorite was the B-25. During the war, he proposed to his girl, Geraldine King, by putting a cigar band on her finger until he could afford a proper ring. After the war he joined his father in the family business, Ladendorf Oldsmobile. He became very active in the community as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Elks Club, and Lions Club - where he received a national humanitarian award. He also served as president of the Des Plaines Park District board, was a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and participated in other community organizations. Don helped many family and friends with personal and business matters, and was well known for his wise counsel and generous spirit. After his father's passing, Don led the continued growth of Ladendorf Motors through hallmark service and support to become one of the oldest, largest and most successful Oldsmobile dealerships in the country. In retirement, he co-founded the "Lunch Bunch," a lunch/exercise group hosting speakers from the Chicago community, at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. After moving to the Phoenix, AZ area Don and Gerry joined the Community Church of Joy, where Don put his efforts into photography and presentations for the church's "Fiesta Club." Don is survived by his wife Gerry, daughter Donna Quelland, sons David and Douglas, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services will be held at the Community Church of Joy, 21000 N. 75th Ave. Glendale, AZ. Memorial donations in Don's name may be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund at www.curealz.org.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 27, 2015
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