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Memories of Donner live on

September 9, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

A leader of the greatest generation died recently?

He served in Europe during World War II and was a member of the 8th Armored Division, serving as a tank commander. When he returned, he continued to serve wherever he was needed.

If you called, "Hey, Pete," he always responded with "What can I do?" or "How can I help?'

His trademark was a black cigar and a shot of whiskey. He was the first one on the job and the last to leave. There were no numbers on the clock, just "Call me if you need me."

He worked for the C&P Telephone Co., but he also worked for all of us, especially his family.

If you enjoyed Wellsburg's festivals, Pete Donner's legacy is forever a part of the celebration.

On the Fourth of July, he was there, from the beginning. For the Christmas lights, he was there, from the beginning. For Little League Baseball and football, he was there, from the beginning.

He was a charter member and a loyal supporter of the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad that regularly paid tribute to fellow veterans. He was always there.

Pete participated in local VFWs and American Legions and was honored as the only male member of the Fairmont VFW Auxiliary.

He was a great storyteller and loved to share memories and tall tales with friends and family.

Pete enjoyed being out doors and was fond of hunting with his buddies.

I was blessed to work with Pete on many projects over the years. These are some of my memories. I'm sure that if you knew Pete, you have your own.

Michael O'Brien


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