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Ralph Donnelly

Ralph Everett Donnelly of Grass Valley died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. He was 89.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

Mr. Donnelly was born on July 25, 1924, in San Francisco, to Martin and Anne Donnelly. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1942, just in time to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After basic training and flight school, he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and assigned as a pilot of B-24 bombers (Liberator). After being shot down on his first mission, he returned to fly another 31 missions. After World War II, he returned to San Francisco to run Anna’s Danish Cookie Company with his father. In 2000, he sold the company and retired to his home in Grass Valley. At the age of 80 he volunteered to drive for Meals on Wheels, delivering food to the “older people” (as he put it.) He retired from that position in 2013, just prior to his 89th birthday. He was a member of the Grass Valley German American Club, Nevada City Presbyterian Church, SIRS and Shriners. He was an avid golfer most of his life.

He is survived by sons Michael, Timothy and Kevin; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded by his first wife, Lois Gunn Donnelly; his second wife, Ursula Bertao Donnelly; and his daughter, Patricia Jane Donnelly.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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