Nov. 21, 1931 - Dec. 2, 2012 MIDWEST CITY Don went to be with the Lord in his sleep on December 2, 2012. He was born in Yale, Iowa on November 21, 1931 to Glenn Elton Dresback and Velma Viola Dresback (Godwin), both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Hildra; children, Glen and Kendra; two grandchildren, Anna and Karl Dresback; two brothers, Delvert and Duane Dresback; and a host of nieces and nephews. He graduated from Yale High School in Yale, Iowa, and after graduation, joined the US Navy and served four years during the Korean War as a Radioman on the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. LeRay Wilson (DE-414) and other ships. As a radioman, he learned how to telegraph Morse Code, and he worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad as a Telegrapher upon leaving the service. He decided to go back to school, and graduated from New Mexico State University in 1960 with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then joined the staff of Tinker Air Force Base, where he was an Engineer until his retirement in 1991. In retirement, he went on to work at Remington Park Racetrack and H&R Block. He was a Pilot with his favorite planes being a Mark 21 Mooney and the T-34, both of which he flew in the Tinker Aero Club. He also was a Hunter and Fisherman. Over his life, he was also an active supporter and participant with his children and family in the Boy Scouts, Indian Princesses, St. Matthews United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Tri-City Gun Club, Bishop McGuinness, and Westminister School. He was an avid football viewer and loved reading westerns and other books, (but especially westerns!) and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but we are all rejoicing that he is now at peace in Heaven! Services to be held at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Midwest City, at 1pm on Thursday, December 6. Internment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens Cemetery, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Westminister School, 4400 N. Shartel, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 5, 2012