Donald Francis Tillotson

Donald (Don/Donnie) Francis Tillotson, age 84, of Bruceville, formerly of Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm after a long struggle with cancer.

Visitation: 4 to 5PM Friday, August 3, 2018 at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Memorial Service: 4PM Saturday, August 4th at Newland Dr. Church of Christ, 114 E. Newland Dr., Robinson, TX 76706. Private inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery in Ottumwa, IA at a later date. 

Donald (Don/Donnie) was born June 23, 1934 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Francis Edward and Estelle Black Tillotson.
On June 30, 1972, he married Donna Mae Smith. Together, they had and raised four children. Don loved spending time with his family, reading the Bible, singing songs, picnicking, camping, telling stories and jokes, visiting people, tinkering and repairing electronics, going to rummage sales, eating out and attending church. He was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and a licensed ham radio operator. He always preferred to be wearing his green camo hat and was rarely seen without it. In his later years, he enjoyed going on walks, spending time with his wife and children and was so proud to be Papa to his three little granddaughters.
He worked a variety of jobs throughout his lifetime, including Lowenberg Bakery, driving a dump truck, a security guard at a meat-packing plant, and many years working for the Ottumwa Community School District as a custodian before retiring due to disability in 1993.
Left to share his memories are his wife, Donna Tillotson of Bruceville, TX; four children, April (Todd) Carlo of Ottumwa, IA, Nathan (Jennefer) Tillotson of Hedrick, IA, Amy Tillotson of Hewitt, TX, Beth (Josh) Hymer of Bruceville, TX; granddaughters, Kenzie Hymer, Savannah Pringle and Amelia Hymer; step-grandsons, Michael (Christina) Hols, Christopher (Amber Weldon) Hols, Aaron Sloan and Zachary Sloan; two sisters, Janet (Eli) Ward and Annette (Bob) Collins, both of Ottumwa, IA; one brother, Ed (Nicki) Tillotson of Tampa, Florida; Mother-in-law, Martha Carnes Smith of Ottumwa, IA; brothers-in-law, Robert (Pam) Smith of Ottumwa, IA and Daniel (Linda) Smith of Mechanicsville, IA; sisters-in-law, Sue Smith of Ottumwa, IA and Sarah Smith of Florida, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home and Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

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