Jesse Dexter Toombs

Born: Sat., Mar. 10, 1917
Died: Mon., Apr. 25, 2011

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Jesse Dexter Toombs - 94 years of age, was a resident of Pendleton for 66 years having moved here in 1945. There will be a Celebration of Life in Jesses honor on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at the Red Lion in the Walla Walla room from 1 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Pendleton Senior Center or a charity of your choice. Sign the online guestbook at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Jesse was born in Ballard County, Kentucky on March 10, 1917 to Alfred Dexter and Zula Elizabeth Keel Toombs. Jesse lived in Kentucky through the 2nd grade, when his family moved to Jackson, Michigan. He started 3rd grade and continued all through school graduating from Jackson High School in June 1936. After High School, Junior College and working at the A & P store, when war was declared in 1941, Jesse joined the Army as a Private in the 32nd Division, 27th Infantry and Service Company. During this time he spent his basic training at Camp Livingston, Louisiana. At age 24, in 1942, he took an exam and became an Aviation Cadet, was sent to San Antonio, Texas for his pre-flight, and then spent 3 months in primary flight school. After going through primary, basic and advance flight school he graduated from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas as a 2nd Lieutenant with a pair of wings. From there he had 18 months of flying AT 11's twin engine bombardier training planes in San Angelo, Texas where he was promoted to 1st Lt. Jesse was then sent to B-24 transition school in Fort Worth where after 3 months of training he was sent to Lemoore, California to pick up his crew of 10 men. In 1944, Jesse and crew were sent to the Walla Walla Army Air Field awaiting a call for overseas duty. On August 7th, 1945 Jesse married Margaret Helene Knutson in Walla Walla, Washington. On being discharged from the Air Force they moved to Pendleton where they raised 3 daughters. After the war, he stayed in the Air Force Reserves and when finally retiring on March 10th, 1977 he retired as Lt. Col. Jesse D. Toombs. Over the years Jesse worked for Cook's Plumbing, Ed Merriman Plumbing Shop and for Emerson Wheeler as Office Manager and Bookkeeper. He also spent many long hours taking care of his rentals. Jesse is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Garvey, and grandson Todd John Lawton. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Ann Toombs of Tigard, Claudia Jean Lawton of Medford and Cynthia Lee Wallace of Tigard. Grandsons Tanner Lawton, Travis Lawton of Medford and Bobby Predergast of Portland, and a sister Ella Tatman of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Mary and David Budde
   Posted Tue May 10, 2011
When we lose someone we love, life changes but the love we carry in our hearts for them only grows deeper. Wishing you peace to ease your grief and time to heal your hearts. We are thinking of you all.

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