Don G. Loe
Don G. Loe, 87, of Heavener died Thursday, Sept. 1,2011, in Heavener. He was born in Redwood City, Calif.,but grew up in the Tacoma, Wash., and San Francisco Bayarea.On March 21, 1941, he reported to the Naval RecruitCenter at San Diego. Upon completion of basic training,he reported for duty in November 1941 on the heavycruiser USS Salt Lake City. He was on the water in amotor launch when a Japanese plane opened fire, beginningthe attack at Pearl Harbor. He returned to the SaltLake City 11 days later and saw considerable action in anumber of other campaigns: Marshall and Gilbert Islands,Wake Island, Doolittle raid on Tokyo, Guadalcanal andTulagi Island landings, Battle of Cape Esperanza,Komandorski and the invasion of Attu.He was on the aircraft carrier USS Saidor during twoatomic bomb tests in July 1946 where sailors were orderedto stand on the flight deck during the tests.In September 1950, he participated in the successfulinvasion of the Port of Inchon. As a combat engineer, hisunit assisted the First Marine Division defeat NorthKorean forces. He participated in close quarter combatuntil 1952, when he returned to the United States. Heretired from active duty in June 1967. A few years later hemoved to Heavener and once again put on a uniform as apolice officer in LeFlore County, the first Park Ranger atWister State Park. He continued to serve the city ofHeavener and his church for many years and was a memberof the Heavener Lions Club and Masonic Lodge.He was preceded in death by his baby daughter,Virginia.Family visited with friends at Dowden Funeral HomeMonday.Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First ChristianChurch in Heavener with burial in Memorial ParkCemetery. Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener handledarrangements.Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Flora Mae(Kunkel) Loe whom he met and married on one of hisliberties; one son, Donald Loe and wife Pat of Hollister,Calif.; two daughters: Kathy Morrill of Heavener, BarbaraRouten and husband Pastor Philip Routen of Haw Creek;seven grandchildren: Steven Loe, Tina Loe, Bob Morrill,Scott Morrill, Ed Morrill, Christine Routen, NathanRouten and wife Shannon; five great-grandchildren: Kaylaand Kyle Morrill; Bethany and Liva Routen, and SarahPollak.