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Harry Donald "Don" Dillon

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013




DILLON—Harry Donald “Don” Dillon, 95, died Jan. 24, 2013, at Elderberry Square in Florence.

Don was born Oct. 6, 1917, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the first son of Harry and Rosa Dillon.

He married Lucille Dugger-Monast on Dec. 25, 1938. He graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, as a mechanical engineer.

Their daughter, Donna Dillon Polockow, was born in Bellflower, Calif., while he was employed by Voltee Aircraft as a test pilot, airplane engine mechanic and factory representative.

Don was drafted in 1945 in the U.S. Army. He served 23 years in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Puerto Rico and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

He was commander of each post’s intelligence operations. After being honorably discharged in 1968, he moved his family to Oregon to enjoy retirement. He built Reedsport Concrete Block Co. and operated it for eight years. He was an active member of many civic organizations and was on the Douglas County Library Board in Roseburg.

He was also president of the Oregon Coast Association in 1981 and active in the Reedsport government and on the Reedsport city council, serving from 1983 to 1984.

He also enjoyed many years of fishing for salmon.

Don’s wife, Lucille, died on Dec. 8, 1988, a few days from their 50th wedding anniversary. He married Margaret Ragan Nudd of Florence on July 14, 1990.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 12 Saint John’s Way, in Reedsport.

Inurnment will be at Reedsport Masonic Cemetery, 3021 Longwood Drive, in Reedsport.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his daughter Donna Polockow; sons Erik and Thomas Nudd; his grandchildren: Charles, Donald, Christopher, Wes, Jennifer, Susan, Margaret and Olivia Nudd; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Paul and Lloyd; and his daughter, Janet Nudd.

Contributions in Don’s memory may be made to Peace Harbor Home Health and Hospice or the Reedsport Public Library. These may be left at the service or with Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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