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Reece D. Donley Obituary
REECE D. DONLEY A WWII veteran, deputy sheriff, and more. Reece Donley passed from his earthly home, in Hemet, California, into God's heavenly palace on July 31, 2013, at 90 years of age. He leaves a legacy of honesty, integrity, and good humor to his family. Reece was born to Elmo and Hannah Donley in Camp Point, Illinois. He was born April 12, 1923 and grew up during the Depression years and in 1940, at 19 he joined the Army Air Force. As a tail gunner, he flew 25 missions in B-17's in the 8th Air Force. Following combat training, he was dispatched to England and saw combat action over many locations in Europe, including the infamous Munster Raid. He was proud of his fellow crew members who flew with him on the Impatient Virgin, which was in the 8th Air Force, 3rd Division, 13th Bomb Wing, 95th Bomb Group, 412th Squadron. The group letter designation was a square B. He received several commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross. In his aging years, he would recall vivid details of his service years and would share these stories with those closest to him. Reece captured this detailed and interesting account of his war years in an excellent manuscript that reads like a novel. If you would like to read it please go to www.glendonley.com and find the link for Reece Donley. After being honorably discharged, he met Juanita Griffith. They were married in 1949, lived in Long Beach, California, and welcomed two children, Glen and Diane into the world. For a short time, Reece worked for a printing equipment firm called A.B.Dick. In 1958 he went to the academy and served as a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County for 22 years. During his term at the Sheriff's Department, Reece saw duty in the Watt's Riots and was one of the bailiffs in court during the Charles Manson trials. During his retirement Reece spent years building scale model, and historically correct wood ships. In 2008, Juanita, Reece's beloved wife of 59 years passed away. He never stopped missing her. Surviving family members include: his brother, Monte Donley and sister-in-law, Kathy Donley of Sun City, Arizona, his daughter, Diane Giampapa, and son- in-law, Larry Giampapa, of Kent, Washington, son, Glen Donley and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Donley of Lake Almanor, California, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to: .

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 4, 2013
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