Donald Judd Wolgamott

4/19/1943 - 4/22/2013

After graduating from Myrtle Creek High School, Don joined the US Navy and was stationed in Italy for three years. As a welder in the Seabee’s Don built Navy Air Stations in Italy. After the navy, Don worked in the Texas oil industry building refineries and pipe lines. In 1970 Don moved back to Oregon met and married Nancy who became his lifelong friend and traveling companion. Don worked for Roseburg Lumber as a millwright, Hanna Nickel Mine, and retired from Douglas County Public Works where he worked as a welder in the bridge department. Don was an avid outdoors man, spending his time hunting, fishing, diving, and traveling around Oregon and the great North West. Don was proud of being a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks for 50 years and visited every Elks lodge in Oregon and many more along his travels collecting and trading lodge pins. Upon retirement, Don and Nancy started traveling around the South West and started snow-birding to Yuma, Arizona. Don and Nancy took a cruise to Hawaii the see the Arizona Memorial and cruised across the Atlantic to revisit Italy where he was station in the Navy. While returning from the Atlantic cruise, Don suffered a fatal heart attack at the JFK International Airport. Don was preceded in death by his father, Walter Wolgamott; mother, Grace Stimson; brothers: Jack; and Bill Wolgamott; and Orin Stimson. Don is survived by his wife and best friend, Nancy Wolgamott; sons: Kevin (Jeanine) Anderson; and Vance Wolgamott; daughter, Kim (Jim) Call; grandchildren: Crystal (Kenneth) Cunningham; Russell and Thomas Anderson; great-grandchildren: Seren and Standford Cunningham; sister, Kathy (Vernon) Gaedecke; and lifelong best friends, Owen Russell and Russell Moody.

He also left many Magnolia Village Friends in Yuma, Arizona were he wintered each year. Private services will be held at a later date.

Don was proud of his Irish ancestry and you can honor him by hoisting a drink of your choice.


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