Age 88, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2010. He was born on September 9, 1921, in Havre, Montana, son of Emil and Clara (Peterson) Isakson. Don was raised in Montana, and later entered the US Army to serve our country during WWII. After the war he moved to Oregon. He met Elsie Stewart and they were united in marriage on April 21, 1945. Throughout his life Don had many jobs, he worked in the mines in Montana and in Roseburg he worked at the VA Hospital, Evans Plywood Mill, The Farm Bureau, UCC and retired from Montgomery Wards. In his spare time he enjoyed cutting firewood for friends, family and neighbors. He was a Charter Member of the Melrose Community Church and was a Gideon. He also was a member of the American Legion; The VFW; The DAV Purple Hart Division. He is survived by a daughter, Carol Barter and her husband, Bill of Roseburg and a son, Donald Isakson and his wife, Carolanne of Portland, Oregon. He was blessed with two grandchildren, Deanne Isakson of Portland and Heidi Pickrell of Gresham, Oregon. He also leaves three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Lillian and Joshua as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and four siblings. Graveside services will be held at the Melrose Cemetery on Thursday, July 29, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. and a Memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Melrose Community Church. Officiating will be Pastor Mike Ruyle with Military Rites by the VFW District 12 Honor Guard. Friends may pay their respects at Taylor's Family Chapel on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Melrose Church Bus Fund or the Purple Heart Division at the DAV.
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