Charles Donald Isherwood

Another member of the “Greatest Generation” is gone. Charles Donald Isherwood, “Don,” passed peacefully on Sept. 21, 2021 at his home in Fallbrook, California. His wish was to die on his Fallbrook property with his avocado and fruit trees. Don was born in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 21, 1925.

Don is survived by his wife Patricia, of 24 years; children from his first marriage David (Lori Beth) of Santa Barbara, Mark of Kokomo, Indiana, Paul of Rossville, Indiana, and Bonnie (Brent) of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren Elizabeth, Christine, Lauren, Dawn, Grant and Andrew; and great-grandchildren Cameron, Ben, Olivia, Colton and Kaylee.

He is also remembered by many nephews, nieces, step-children and other relatives. Don is preceded in death by his first wife Sophie, of 43 years; son Dennis; siblings Jerry (Elizabeth), Marge (Gene), Janet (Joe), and Richard; and parents Charles and Olga Isherwood.

Charles Donald Isherwood

Don graduated from Holy Redeemer High in Detroit in June 1943 at age 17, and volunteered for U.S. Army Air Corp in October 1943. Don was trained as a B-17 “Flying Fortress” ball turret gunner in the infamous 8th Army Air Force. As a “belly gunner” he flew 35 missions over Germany destroying Germany’s military industrial complex.

Don received an Honorable Discharged in October 1945 at age 20, highly decorated with five Air Medals, an Overseas Service Bar, an American Campaign Medal, three European Campaign Medals, and a World War II Victory Medal.

Don graduated from The Business Institute with a bachelor of commercial science in accounting in November 1947. He worked at a Ford manufacturing plant and started his own accounting business before joining General Motors in 1951 in the payroll department.

Don worked for GM for 35 years, moving with the company from Detroit to Santa Barbara (1962), Milwaukee (1971), and Kokomo (1972) where he innovated the first direct deposit payroll system. Don retired as the general salary payroll supervisor in 1986 to Fallbrook.

In retirement, Don worked diligently on his avocado grove, while always finding time to be competitive in bowling and golf — too competitive.

A Military Service with Honors will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Our family is grateful for Don’s compassionate caregivers during the past 18 months, including Linda Reighley, Maggie Paz, Ana Lara, and Judy Jensen.

Donations can be made in Don’s memory to the Fallbrook Senior Center or Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 450 S Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA.