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  • Thomas W. "Bill" Dugan

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  • Thomas W. Bill Dugan, 93, passed away late Sunday, September 23, 2012, at his home in Medford, Ore. He was born November 24, 1918, in Piqua, Ohio, to Thomas and Mary Dugan.
    Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He maintained lifelong friendships with many of his fellow service members. Upon learning of his death, Charles B. Watts, of Florida, who served with Bill at a U.S. Army Air Corp Detachment at an R.C.A.F. station in Canada, said, "His amazing loyalty and character were undeniable. I am confident he never met anyone he did not like and who in turn did not like him.
    After moving to California in 1947, Bill met and fell in love with Edith Marshall. They were married on July 10, 1948. They moved to Oregon in 1951, with their first-born son. Together they raised six children, Stephen, Dennis, Julia, Patrick, Kevin and Shannon.
    Bill worked for COPCO, later Pacific Power & Light, and advanced to Office Manager. Company transfers took the family from Medford to Corvallis, The Dalles, Springfield and Beaverton, then back to Medford where he retired in 1982. Once retired, Bill developed a passion for baking bread and rolls. He delivered them to friends and businesses throughout the valley, always wearing a big smile. Bill and Edie became avid garage salers, finding countless fun and interesting things.
    He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Edith; infant grandson, John Thomas; and sisters, Mary Kraft and Patricia Simpson. He is survived by his six children; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Shamrell and Karol Heiser.
    The family asks for any memorial contributions to be made to Access, PO Box 4666, Medford OR 97501.
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