Thomas O'Keefe Dill, 82, of Salem, Ore., passed away Nov. 1, 2013, at the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho. He had recently moved to Rexburg to live with his niece and her family.
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Tom was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Hot Springs, S.D., to George Fredrick Dill and Brosia Lorriane O'Keefe.
Tom graduated from the apprentice program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. His welding abilities took him all over the world - from the Alaskan Pipeline in Prodhoe Bay, Alaska, to the Panama Canal. When he retired from the Ironworkers Union, he taught welding at Grays Harbor Community College in Washington State.
After Tom retired from teaching, he volunteered in many different ways. He stayed at different Oregon State parks,as a campground host, and he volunteered his welding skills to help restore trains.
He loved airplanes, trains and motorcycles. He preferred Harleys over any other.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Sherrill (Robert) Bryan, of Tracyton, Wash.; nieces, Debbie (Larry) Choffin, of Rexburg; Susan Donohoe, and Lisa (Mark) Jex, all of Lynwood, Wash; and by countless friends, associates and former students.
His love of life, and his amazing sense of humor will be missed.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Henry's Fork State Center on 3000 North, in Rexburg. Tom's final resting place will be in the Mount Mariah Center, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, with his parents.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Nov. 7, 2013