Heidi Cahoon Obituary, Death – After a protracted bout with illness, Carl Wesley Cahoon, age 92, passed away on March 24, 2015, at Liberty Village Manor Court in Freeport, Illinois. He was surrounded by members of his family at the time of his passing. On November 10, 1922, he was brought into the world by his parents, Luella Myrtle (Jaycox) Cahoon and Jennings Gilbert Cahoon, who resided in Orangeville, Illinois. In 1941, following his graduation from Orangeville High School,
Carl enrolled at the University of Illinois with the intention of pursuing a career in agricultural engineering. Carl enrolled in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and had his training in the states of California, Arizona, and Texas. As a first lieutenant with the “Junior Birdmen of Corsica,” he was sent to Corsica in July 1944 to pilot B-25 Mitchell Bombers. This assignment took place on the island. On February 6, 1945, as he was flying his 30th mission, his plane was shot down over the Brenner Pass in Italy.
He was a prisoner of war in Germany until April 29, 1945, when he was released. Carl Dornink and Jean Dornink’s wedding took place in the Church of the Brethren in Freeport, Illinois, on February 1, 1946. During the early years of their marriage, they worked on farms in the rural areas of Freeport and Florence Station. In 1955, the Cahoon family homestead in Rock Grove Township was purchased by the couple, and shortly thereafter, they relocated to the Orangeville region.
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