In Memoriam: Jerry Francis Donahe (Aug. 14, 1937 – April 17, 2021)

August 2021 Posted in Uncategorized

Jerome Francis Donahe (Jerry or J.F.), of Silverton, passed in the early morning hours of April 17 in Salem, Oregon, of non-COVID related causes. He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard Anthony and Thelma Sophia (Follesvold) Donahe. 

At the age of 11, Jerry moved with his family to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. After attending Pacific Lutheran University, he worked for a short time at Boeing (living near Seattle) and then enjoyed a very prosperous career in financial services. 

He married Sharon Julian in 1961 and together they raised two sons, Terence Anthony and Lawrence Patrick. After their divorce, Jerry moved back to Sweet Home. He was briefly married to Phyllis Barnes. In 2006, he married Janet (Mauer) Casad and they enjoyed travel in their RV to the Oregon Coast, numerous national parks and monuments. 

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janet Donahe of Silverton; sons, Terry Donahe of Lake Oswego and Larry Donahe (Michelle) of Hutchinson, Minnesota; grandchildren Trey, Cole, and Audrey Donahe of Hutchinson; sister, Selene Estep of McMinnville; sister, Joanne Van Dyck of Beaverton; stepchildren Emily (Thomas) Sims of San Marcos, Texas; Timothy (Jennifer) Casad of Jefferson, Oregon; step grandchildren Benjamin and Breyanna Casad of Jefferson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of Sweet Bye N Bye in Salem and Willamette Valley Hospice for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to Willamette Valley Hospice.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. at Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St.

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