Angus Douglas "Doug" Tumilson was born March 3, 1946, in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, the only child of Milt and Stella (McInnes) Tumilson, and died May 10, 2017, near The Dalles, Ore., as the result of a motorcycle accident caused by a health emergency.
In 1954, he moved with his parents from Canada to Biggs, Ore., and then Rufus, Ore., before moving to The Dalles in 1957, where his parents and Miles McKay operated Milt and Miles Richfield, located at third and Lincoln.
He attended school in Rufus, Chenoweth, and at The Dalles Junior High, and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1964. In 1965, he enlisted in the Navy, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1969. He became a United States citizen in 1967. Upon returning home from the service, he worked with his parents at Milt's Richfield and AAA Towing.
Along with his wife, Barbara, he opened Tumilson Saddlery (later Tumilson Saddlery and Hobby) which operated from 1976 until 1990. In 1983, he returned to work at the service station until it was sold in 1995. He continued to operate the tow trucks until his retirement a few years ago.
He married Barbara Wantulok on May 1, 1971, in The Dalles and they had two children, Mark and Julie. He had numerous hobbies, including team roping, remote controlled boats and planes, golf, motorcycles and kayaking. He loved visiting Kauai. He was a past member of the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association and The Dalles Country Club. He had been a member of First Christian Church, and was a recent regular attender at Redeemer Church in Portland.
He is survived by wife Barbara; son Mark and wife Jennifer of Bend, Ore.; daughter Julie and husband Vince Donivan of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, Alexandra and Quentin Tumilson, and Eli, Ethan and Grace Donivan; and several cousins in Canada.
Doug loved his wife and family, and enjoyed every moment he spent with his grandchildren. He liked being around people, never knew a stranger, was comfortable talking to everyone and was a friend to many.
He was a 20-year survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. For the past three years he was living with serious heart problems. Memorials may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon; Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation Heart and Vascular; or a charity of your choice.
Graveside services will be held Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Cemetery on Cherry Heights in The Dalles, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 8th and Court, The Dalles.
Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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