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Austin Glenn Dill

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Austin Glenn Dill died Thursday, December 6, 2007, at age 85. Born November 27, 1922 in Oklahoma City to Glenn Wolfinger and Zelma Ethel Vandergrift Dill. His grandfather, Judge David S. Dill, a pioneer who made the Land Run into Oklahoma Territory in 1893, is who Dill City, OK is named after. After spending his youth in San Antonio, Ft. Worth, and Kansas City, he returned to the 8th grade at Harding Jr. High and graduated from Classen High in 1940. He graduated from OU with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a commission as Ensign in the USN in February 1944. Austin served on the USS Aucilla (AO56) in the South Pacific, as well as serving for 3 months in Tokyo Bay, both during and after the signing of the surrender by Japan; he returned home in 1946. Later, as a member of the Navy Active Reserve, Austin was recalled to active duty in order to activate ships for the Korean War. He retired from Active Reserve as Lt. Commander in 1882. In September 1946, he went to work in the Engineering Department of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and in October 1946, married Margaret 'Peggy' Elise Blocker. Son Kenneth A. was born in 1947 and James D. was born 1949. Both boys graduated as valedictorians from Putnam City High School, and earned Ph.D.'s from MIT and Harvard, respectively. Ken and Jim, both live with their wives and 5 children near San Francisco. 'Peggy' died of cancer in December 1979. Austin married Billie Ruth Young in January 1981 and they jointly retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in 1983. After many happy tours, cruises, and trips to see all of the children and grandchildren and a lot of partying and gardening, Billie died of multiple causes in June 2001. He continued his love of cruising and travel throughout the world and was lucky enough to find a traveling companion, Ms. Mathilde McAllister, an Austrian war bride, who also enjoyed the same until his death. His favorite saying was, 'you only have one life to live but if you're as fortunate as I was, once is enough'! In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to your favorite charity. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 10, 2007, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. SMITH & KERNKE 14624 N. MAY AVE
Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 9, 2007
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