Major Donald H. Acton, 87, U.S. Army, retired, of Shelton, Wash., died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at his home in Shelton.

Maj. Acton was born July 23, 1916, in Waverly, Ohio to John and Charlotte McDonald Acton.

On July 30, 1979, he married Anice Garlock in Anchorage, Alaska. She survives, living in Shelton.

Maj. Acton moved to Astoria when he was three years old and lived here until the 1940s. After his military service, he worked as an operational manager for the U.S. Postal Service. His territory included Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

He was a member and Past Commander of the Astoria American Legion, past president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a member of the National Rifle Association, the Shelton Elks Lodge and the Rhododendron Society. He attended First Baptist Church in Shelton and Allyn Baptist Church in Allyn, Wash. Family members say he enjoyed fishing and reading and was a world traveler.

In addition to his wife, Maj. Acton is survived by a son, Dennis Acton and his wife Joy of Roseburg; three daughters and their husbands, Susan and Bill Constable of Fremont, Calif., Donna and Roy Hadley of Milwaukie and Charlotte and John Riedel of Mesa, Ariz.; three stepchildren, William and James Lindholm of Bonanza, Sarah Hackney of Glendale, Ariz., and Robert Douglas and his wife Eve of Portland; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Helen Acton of Astoria; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann and Al Sides of Sun City West, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Two previous wives, Muriel Paulson Acton and Helen Douglas Acton, and a son, William Acton, died earlier.

A graveside inurnment service is 2 p.m. July 16 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, with Pastor Steve Shenewerk officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.


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