Donald G. Pushaw

Dec 02, 2013
Donald Pushaw

South Hope — Donald Goodrich Pushaw, 90, died peacefully in his home, on Thanksgiving morning.

Born Nov. 17, 1923, in East Union, he was the son of John C. and Winnifred N. Pushaw. Don attended both South Hope and Rockport grade schools and joined the Navy to fight in World War II at the age of 18. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Langley in the Pacific Theatre and was involved in seven major campaigns, during one of which his ship was bombed and he was wounded, receiving seven Bronze campaign stars, campaign ribbons, and a Purple Heart. This event ended his career in the Navy.

Upon his return, he met the love of his life, Laura Jane Bowley, and they were married Sept. 1, 1946. They enjoyed a full and long marriage of 64 years until her death Oct. 22, 2010. Although he held many different jobs, sometimes more than one at a time, his preferred trade was carpentry. He was a very hard working and honest man whose true passions were hunting, fishing, dancing, and spending time with his family. He had proudly raised the American flag on the South Hope village green for the last 30-plus years.

He is survived by his children Maynard J. Pushaw and his wife Mary, Gerald W. Pushaw and his wife Sandra, and Susan Pushaw and her loyal companion Buddy; his grandchildren Penelope J. Rich and her husband David, Maynard D. Pushaw and his wife Samantha, Megan Marquis, Gerald K. Pushaw, Sherry L. Casas and her husband Jesse; great-grandchildren Mercedes and her husband Michael, Logan, Brandon, Max, Macy, Amaih, Lexington, Taygen, J.D., David, Isaac, Iris, and one great-great-granddaugter, Payton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knox County Humane Society or Togus. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Cynthia S. DellaPenna | Dec 03, 2013 07:57

My family and I are very sorry to learn of Donald’s passing.  He was my mother’s very kind and long time neighbor who was always willing to give a helping hand.  He will be missed.  His patriotism should also be remembered, for he raised and lowered the American flag everyday for years at the South Hope village flagpole.    Our sincere condolences go out to the Pushaw family.

Posted by: Don Hastings | Dec 02, 2013 12:38

Debbie and I send our heart warmed condolences to the Pushaw family. Donnie was part of my life for 63 years. He loved young people and loved having them around. His house was always open to the kids of South Hope. He and Laura never tolerated smoking or drinking by the youth of the town. I will miss them dearly. R.I.P Donnie and Laura. I hope they have dancing up there.

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