Donald Eugene Cloney was born December 11, 1921 in Eureka and died March 10, 2024 at the age of 102 in Eureka. He was the son of Eugene Showers and Matilda (Johnson) Cloney of Eureka. He was the second of four sons.

He graduated from Nazareth Academy (St Bernard School), Eureka High School, and UC Berkeley. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a medic in the 89th Infantry, Third Army in Europe. He started working after school as a boy of 14 in the family drug store, The Red Cross Pharmacy, and after WWII came back and became a business partner with his father, then brother, and then son.

He was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic Parish, an original sponsor and promoter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a 4th degree Knights of Columbus, member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, and a member of the Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his brother Gerald R. Cloney, parents Eugene S. and Matilda J. Cloney, Patricia Mary (Brogan) Cloney: his wife of 56 years, son Joseph T. Cloney, and his brother William J. Cloney. He is survived by his sister-in-law Adella Cloney, brother Stanley E. Cloney (wife Carlotta), son Patrick E. Cloney (wife Renee), daughter Janice M. Johns (husband Bruce), 3 grandchildren: Rhiannon Johns, Gavin Johns, and Aeryn Johns, and so very many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Rosary will be held 5 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Sanders Funeral Home with the Funeral Mass 11 a.m. on Saturday April 27 at St. Bernard Church. Reception following the Funeral Mass at the Parish Hall. Interment will be at a later date.

Memorial remembrances can be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Bernard Church, or the charity of your choice.


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