Donald Chilly Chilson, 59, of Mangum, passed away Sunday morning, June 9, 2013, at his residence in Mangum.
Mr. Chilson was born in Coudersport, Penn., on July 15, 1953, to Donald Willard and Gloria Ann (Ryder) Chilson. Living in several different places, due to his fathers position in the United States Air Force, the family moved to Colorado Spring, Colo. in 1968. While working at Walter Drake and Sons, Chilly met the love of his life, Billie Robinson. Finding who she was by looking at her time card, they began dating in November 1973 and were married on March 2, 1974, in Colorado Springs. In December 1975, Chilly joined the United States Air Force. After assignments in Illinois, Texas, Colorado, England and Germany, the family moved to Altus Air Force Base in August 1988 and he retired in December 1994. While stationed at Lubbock, Chilly joined the Masons and in 1983, he became a Master Mason while stationed in England. After his retirement he worked at Ace Hardware in Mangum, dispatched part-time for the Mangum Police Department. Chilly later spent 10 years with Civil Service from 1997 until 2007 and was later a camp host at Quart Mountain until 2010. A veteran of Desert Storm, he enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing in his spare time.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Billy R. Robinson.
He is survived by his wife, Billie, of the home; two daughters, Shawn Whetstone and husband Terry of Mangum, and Dawn Chilson of Lubbock, Texas; two grandchildren, Matthew Whetstone and Cassandra Whetstone; his father and mother, Mugsy and Gloria Chilson of Mangum; his mother-in-law, Ellen Robinson of Mangum; one sister, Dianna Koegler and husband Frank of Prescott, Ariz.; along with many other relatives and friends.
Donald Chilson lied in state at Greer Funeral Home in Mangum on Monday, and will lie in state at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus today, from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus. In honoring Chillys wishes, he will be cremated after his military and Masonic services. Services are under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum and Lowell-Tims Funeral Home and Crematory of Altus.
For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday. Go to www.Lowell-Tims.com and click on obituaries. Then click on Donald Chilson. There will be a large button inviting you to join the web-cast.
Online tributes may be made to the family at www.GreerFuneral.com or www.Lowell-Tims.com