Memorial services for Donald G. Dunn will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Whitehead-Muzzall Post 7392 of Oak Harbor Friday, May 2, 2003, at 1 p.m. Cremation was held with private family inurnment to follow at Fair Mount Cemetery, Spokane, at a later date.
Donald Dunn, 77, died April 27, 2003, at Oak Harbor Retirement Center. He was born May 26, 1925 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Edwin and Hazel (Belle) Dunn. Don was raised in Spokane. World War II began as he was finishing his high school education. Don was drafted and entered the U. S. Army on Sept. 6, 1943.
Don served as a Private First Class with Company “G”, 359th Infantry. He was involved in battles in Rhineland, Normandy, and Northern France. He was one of only two survivors of his company in the invasion of Utah Beach. Don was injured in combat. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Service Medal and the Purple Heart. He was medically discharged from service on Dec. 29, 1945.
Following the war, Don returned to Spokane, where he began a career with federal civil service. In the early 1950s, he transferred to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. He was married to Deane Smiley in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Aug. 15, 1964.
Don worked for civil service at NAS Whidbey, retiring as a salvage officer. He was very active in bowling in Oak Harbor, both with the senior leagues and with the youth bowling association. He was a life member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Whitehead-Muzzall Post 7392. He was a past commander of the post and held nearly every position available with the VFW in more than 50 years of membership. Don also called bingo at Oak Harbor Senior Center for many years.
Don returned to Normandy three times since the war. He visited the battlefields and visited with the residents and renewed old acquaintances with survivors.
Don is survived by three children, Richard H. Smiley, Ph.D. of Juneau, Alaska, Virginia Smiley and her husband Mike Bavard of Juneau, Alaska, and Margaret Smiley Johnson and her husband Steve Johnson of Oak Harbor. He is also survived by one brother Darrell Dunn of Spokane and by six grandchildren: Chad and his wife Elizabeth Jones; Lisa Johnson Penman and her husband Corey; Rebecca, Richard, Kelsey and Krista Smiley and one great-grandchild, Taylor Cortell. His wife Deane preceded Don in death in December of 2002.
Memorials may be made to Oak Harbor Senior Center Foundation. Arrangements are by Burley Funeral Chapel.