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Willard Erwin Lohnes Sr.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Willard Erwin Lohnes Sr., M.D., 88, of Greer, South Carolina, husband of Nell Jackson Lohnes, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. Willard E. Lohnes Jr. will officiate. There will be no visitation. There will be military rites by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Lohnes was born February 12, 1924 in Waterloo, to the late Herbert Joseph Lohnes and Margaret Anna Heinl Lohnes. After graduating from Waterloo's West High with the class of '42, Dr. Lohnes served with the US Army Air Forces in the US and in the Pacific area until 1946. After WWII, he passed up a chance to transition from bomber navigator to jet pilot, choosing instead to pursue his long-held goal of becoming a medical doctor, graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1951. He served as a general and thoracic surgeon until retirement in 1989.

Despite never making pilot with the Air Force, Dr. Lohnes did become a pilot, becoming certified as both a private pilot and private pilot instructor. He was also an avid reader and had a deep appreciation for music, theology, and education. After retirement, he served as a Gideon.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. John Lohnes, and his grandson, Micah Lohnes.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are four sons (Paul Lohnes, Willard Lohnes, Jr., Wes Sanders, and David Lohnes); four daughters (Anne Whiteford, Margaret McCoy, Laura Ray, and Rachel Salter); the mother of his children, Martha Miller; 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church Missions, 207 Mitchell Road, Greenville, SC 29615; or to Golden Strip Gideons, P.O. Box 1025, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.