Donald (Don) James Sill passed away on July 28, 2019 in Staunton, Virginia. He was born on July 30, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Henry and Helen Sill, and siblings Marjorie, Richard, Theodore, and Robert.
Don is survived by his four children: Deborah Sill of Harvey, LA; Donna Sill of Oak Ridge, TN; David Sill of Wartburg, TN (wife Mary Jane) and Eunice Sill of Staunton, VA. He also leaves behind his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Grandchildren: Danella Spinola, Karen Fike, Paul Lansdell, John Lansdell, Andrew Sill, Rachel Sill, Erica Gunter, Kayleigh Pileski and Molly Sill. His remaining siblings are Henry Sill, William Sill and Virginia Douglas.
Don lived most of his adult life in New Jersey, and commuted to New Jersey and New York City each day to work as a photoengraver. In 1991, upon his retirement, he decided to explore the United States for a year. He bought an RV and took to the road with his two dogs. His passion for travel and visiting family continued well beyond his initial expectations, continuing for many years. During this time, Don lived in Wartburg with his son Dave and family, but kept his RV and traveled the country each fall, always returning in the spring in time to help plant the garden and fish the pond. Don really settled down in 2010, when he sold his RV and moved to Deer Lodge with his dog Chloe. Don was an excellent cook and fed many family and friends through the years. He was a lover of all dogs, a whiz at Jeopardy, and a good-natured soul.
It was Don’s wish to support research with his remains. He donated his body to the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, more commonly known as “The Body Farm.” The family will celebrate his life later when they can all be together.
If you would like to make a donation in his honor, please consider giving to the HelpingPawsAnimalNetwork.org.
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