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Gerald McDonough, a veteran of the Korean War, died on January 3, 2017. He was the son of Linus and Edith (Kenney) McDonough. He attended St. John's School, was a graduate of Lockport High School, and later attended Niagara University. At age 17, he enlisted in the army and was sent to Officers Candidate School at Fort Riley where he became a Second Lieutenant. In 1950, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division that he was to command in Korea. After four years of the horrors of that war, he was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant and awarded 2 Purple Hearts, a Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Battle Stars, UN Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, ROK Pres Unit Citation. Then for two more years, he served in the Reserves and left as a Captain.
In the late fifties, he was director of Lockport Urban Renewal. He also served on the Lockport Board of Education. He worked at Bell Aircraft and then went to General Motors, Tonawanda. Jerry was past president of the I.O.O.B. club and was an active member of the American Legion, Elks, and VFW.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Beverly (Russell); his children, Patrick, Diane, Terrence (Nancy), Brian (Amy, dec.), Christopher (Leslie), Brendon, Cyndi Trachte, Shari (Alex) Jokipii, Kelli (Darryl) Hale, Brandy Eaton; grandfather of Nicholas, Nathanial, Tanner, Gracie, Teagan, Lyndzi, Brandon, Casey, Cody, Jessica, Ashley, and Elizabeth; a brother, Thomas McDonough; two sisters, Anne Clancy, Edith (Michael) Moran; two sisters-in-law, Sheila McDonough and Mary T. McDonough; many nieces and nephews; and a few great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one sister, Mary (Walter) McCarthy; and six brothers, Robert (Claire), Linus, Lawrence (Nancy), John, Donald (Jean Ann), Paul (Joan).
Jerry requested that his body be donated to science at the University of Buffalo. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut Street, Lockport, NY on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be made to S.E.R.V. (Veterans and their Families) Niagara at 140 Genesee Street or website: servniagara.org/mission.php.
Published on  January 18, 2017
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