Donald Ray Earl
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August 19, 1932 - September 10, 2013
Born 8/19/1932 to Frank C Earl and Helen G Willian of Marceline, MO. Died 9/10/2013. He married wife Joy C (Reese) 8/2/1952. He served in the Korean War from 1952-1954, performing various roles including Tank Commander and Supply Sergeant in the 89th Tank Battalion and very effectively following unofficial orders to provide aide to the local orphanage. Don and Joy moved to Silverton, OR in 1955. He became a General Agent in 1958 selling life insurance until the day he died.
Former member: Silverton Rotary, Country Coach RV Club. Current member: OHA, RMEF, NRA, Safari Club, and as Charter Member of Silverton Elks Lodge #2210.
He was loved by all (including squirrels) for his generosity, compassion, and amazing sense of humor. He was such an expert coupon clipper that local grocery store staff suggested he teach a class on getting the most groceries for the money. He was an avid hunter/fisherman/outdoorsman, passing the bug to his two sons. He would like to thank Oregon Fish and Wildlife for 57 fabulous years of recreation all over this great State. The family would like to thank Portland Providence Heart Clinic for 35 wonderful gravy years.
He always started voicemails to his sons and daughters-in-law with "This is your sweet, lovable, ol' father (father-in-law)" — and they agreed completely.
Survived by his wife of 61 years Joy Earl, hunting partner of 57 years Don Wilfong, sons Steven Earl and wife Barbara, David Earl and wife Joni, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two horses. Preceded in death by one granddaughter, several golden retrievers, and a few horses.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Donald's name to one or more of the following: First Christian Church, Silverton, OR, Oregon Fish and Wildlife: Access and Habitat Board, Salem, OR,Oregon Hunters' Association, Capital Branch, Salem, OR or Willamette Humane Society, Salem, OR (or your local Humane Society).
Memorial Service 12PM, Sat 9/14 at Unger Funeral Chapel Silverton w/reception at Elks Lodge 1-4PM. Visitation Fri. 6-8PM, 9/13, at the funeral home.
Unger Funeral Chapel, Silverton - Silverton
229 Mill Streeet
Silverton, OR 97381
Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 12, 2013