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Donald T. Berkus

1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Donald T. Berkus Obituary
July 7, 1922 - May 4, 2017 Donald Berkus was a charter member of America's Greatest Generation. Born to immigrant parents in St. Paul, Minnesota, he grew up in depression-era Atwater Village, and attended John Marshall High School, UCLA and Cal. Don enlisted in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and became a B-24 bomber pilot. He flew 44 combat missions in the Pacific, returning home a hero. Shortly before the war ended, he married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Ileene. They started a family, and he and Ileene operated the retail store, Windsor's, for over 40 years on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, selling the latest fashions for working women. He passed away peacefully at home. Don chronicled his life in a book called "Another Soldier's Story", now sold on Amazon, retelling his remarkable experiences flying his B-24 bomber, the "Miss Ileen", with his devoted crew of co-pilots and engineers in the Pacific, and other life adventures. He was passionate about family and friends. He stayed in constant touch with his B-24 crew, to whom he owed his life, and to his numerous dear friends from UCLA. Since 1966, Don was a fixture at the Friday lunch meetings of the Glendale Kiwanis Club, never failing to pay a weekly "fine" to benefit the worthy charities that Kiwanis supports. Don was preceded in death by sweet Ileene (Don's bridge partner for 70 years) and his son, Craig. He is survived by his sister Shirley Swatt, brother Clyde, son Dean (Karen), daughter Cindy (Philip) Feder, grandchildren Emily, Jordan, Lauren, Jeremy, Alyssa and Stephanie, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a patriotic man with great compassion, a hearty appetite, and zest for life. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Donald T Berkus Memorial Fund, Glendale Kiwanis Foundation, PO Box 10545, Glendale, CA 91209-3545 or to Wilshire Boulevard Temple at wbtla.org. Services on Sunday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 West Centinela Ave., Culver City, CA
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 7 to May 9, 2017
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