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Don Cushing

SALEM — Don Cushing, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, died July 20. He was 89.

Mr. Cushing was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Crosby-Ironton, Minn. After high school, Don attended William Hood Dunwoody Industrial Institute, where he studied engineering, drafting and machine work. He was recruited to work in the Glenn L. Martin Airplane Company at a new plant in Omaha. After the war started, he joined the Marine Air Corps and served during World War II. He returned to Minnesota, where he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950.

He moved to Idaho and began a career in construction management. He moved to Salem and married Joan. In 1956, he started Cushing Insurance and Real Estate, which he ran for 30 years. After he retired, Cushing and a group of investor friends bought and operated a radio station in Salem for 10 years, originally KGAY and later KYKN 1430, a country music station. He was a Salem City Council member from 1972-’76.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Joan. He is survived by daughters, Mary (Ken) Cushing-Inman, Carol (Stu) Cushing and Michelle Cushing; and sons, Mark (Diane) and Jeff (Liz); and four grandchildren.

A service was held at Vincent de Paul Church in Salem.

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