Donald M. Chalmers
April 19, 2017
July 14, 1922 – April 6, 2017
Donald M. Chalmers, 94, of Fountain, CO passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He had been a Fountain, CO resident for 15 years.
He was born July 14, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Granby, CO when he was just a baby, so his grandmother could look after him. His parents traveled for work, packing and shipping lettuce.
An only child, Don graduated from high school in 1941 in Sulphur Springs.
He was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1942. He went through basic training at St. Petersburg, FL and then went on to radio school in Chicago and gunners school in Texas. He later trained in Shreveport, LA on B-26s and was an aerial gunner and radio operator.
He flew with the 391st Bomber Group to England and flew two missions from there. October, 1944 found him in France, where he spent 10 months, flying 43 missions. On one mission, his plane was shot down, landing in Belgium at an American fighter base, fortunately. Each mission flown was 3 to 3-1/2 hours focused on strafing of ground targets including railroads, bridges and machine yards.
Don was awarded the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters and also earned the Good Conduct Medal.
Next he went to Holland, until the end of the war in May and was sent home. Upon being discharged in California he returned home to Granby.
He attended the business college at CU Boulder studying Business Administration. From there he would work many years in banking and accounting.
He also worked in data processing for Stearns-Rogers Engineering Corporation, a worldwide company, which he later retired from.
In 2004, Don sold his home in the Littleton area to move to Fountain to be with the love of his life, Rena Doncoglu, who survives him.
In recent years, the former golfer, dancer and skier said what he enjoyed most was going to Cripple Creek to play penny slot machines, dining out at restaurants and anything else he and Rena chose to do. They also enjoyed baking cakes that the Fountain Valley Order of the Eastern Star #155 sold at the Fountain Farmers Markets that were previously held on Tuesdays in front of Fountain City Hall.
Don is also survived by a wealth of friends who loved him. He will be remembered for his bright smile, hugs, and the many kindnesses he showed to others. He had a great outlook on life, never took things too seriously and enjoyed each new day.
Graveside services were conducted Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. with military honors, at Olinger Crown Hill, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheatridge, CO; with Jeff Plowman officiating.
A local memorial service is planned Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at Church on the Ranch, 3685 Jeannine Drive in Colorado Springs. Officiating will be retired Pastor Bud Maynard and Jeff Plowman.
Memorial contributions in Don's memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.