Walter “Gene” E. Donoho

CENTRALIA — Walter “Gene” E. Donoho, 71, of Centralia passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Salem Township Hospital in Salem.

obit-pic-2-auto-correctedWalter was born January 25, 1945 in Centralia, the son of Walter O. Donoho and Agnes (Carter) Donoho. He married Linda White on June 27, 1964 in St. Louis, Mo., and she survives him in Centralia.

In addition to his wife Linda, he is survived by one son, Gene Donoho and wife Chrystal of Okawville, Ill.; one daughter, Connie Waggoner and husband Jim of Edinburg, Ill.; four grandchildren, Montana Schmitz- Donoho of Centralia, Jack Waggoner of Edinburg, Kaleb Kwiatkowski of Centralia, and Ericka Alvey of Centralia; one brother, Wayne Donoho of Colorado; three brothers-in-law, Bob White and wife Shirley of Centralia, George White and special friend Rhonda of Centralia, Doug White and wife Cynthia of Dix; five sisters-in-law, Jeanne Donoho of Kentucky, Ruby Pelaez and husband Pete of Centralia, Judy Sassorossi of Centralia, Lisa Shoemaker and Jim of Centralia, and Joyce White of Centralia; several special nieces and nephews; and his four-legged companion Spats.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Agnes Donoho; one brother, Bob Donoho; two brothers-in-law, Kenny White and Mark White; and one sister-in-law, Lana Wernsman.

Walter retired after 39 years as an oil transport driver for Tracy Trucking. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially making sure the squirrels and birds had food to eat. He also enjoyed sitting and watching deer from his back yard. He loved to go fishing and spending time with his dogs. He liked to watch western movies and entertaining people. He always liked to make people laugh. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral Services for Walter “Gene” Donoho will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2016, with Pastor John Willis officiating at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Centralia Humane Society or to the donor’s choice and will be accepted by the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home who is assisting the Donoho family with arrangements.

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