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Donald J. "Squire" McGee, a retired customer service representative for U.S. Airways and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, died Saturday (Dec. 25, 1999) in his Cheektowaga home after a long illness. He was 76.

"He was our hero, he truly was," said a son, William of Waynesville, Mo. "He was all of 5-foot-2, but to us he was a big man. He had six children, and he was a hero to every single one of us."

A native of Hamburg and a graduate of Hamburg High School, McGee was an Army corporal in the Philippines during World War II.

A customer service representative in Cheektowaga for US Airways and its predecessors during most of his working career, McGee also served as a Mohawk Airlines manager for several years in Olean. He retired in 1985 after 38 years in the aviation industry. He enjoyed traveling.

He was a member of Resurrection Life Fellowship Church in Cheektowaga and took part in recent years in the prison ministry of the Full Gospel Businessmen.

Called "Squire" by friends as a young man, he kept the nickname the rest of his life.

He and his wife, the former Beatrice Caughey, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary April 18.

Survivors, besides his wife and son William, include another son, Michael of Cheektowaga; four daughters, Cynthia Gehl of Belmont, Mary Raczka and Anne Welch, both of Cheektowaga, and Kelly Astan of Sloan; a sister, Mary Mumm of Eden; and eight grandchildren.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Resurrection Life Fellowship Church, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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