Douglas B. Holliston, 97, died peacefully in his home on Sept. 30, 2018, in The Dalles, Ore.
He was born May 27, 1921, in Sublette, Ill., to Everett and Fayebelle Holliston. After the start of WWII, he joined the Navy and attained the rank of aviation machinist’s mate, second class. Doug was stationed in Chicago, Norfolk, Va., and Seattle, where he met his wife-to-be, Carolyn. Subsequently, he was then shipped to the South Pacific where he spent 18 months in Los Negros, Admiralty Islands until the war was over.
After the war, Doug and Carol moved to Illinois where they tried out the secondhand business. Having stayed only a year, they decided the Midwest wasn’t for them and moved to Portland, Ore. Together they bought a pumice block manufacturing plant. Eventually, life brought them to White Salmon where Doug worked for the Rees Stevenson Lumber Company for seven years.
Doug described one “magical day” when Keith McCoy asked if he would work for him in the insurance business. From then on, Doug’s life was changed. In his words, he had “found his niche in life.” Throughout the first year, he had written a new policy every day. The business kept growing and eventually Keith retired, and Doug was able to buy the agency. He ran the agency until he was 59 years old and retired himself.
Doug and Carol traveled the world. They visited over 65 countries, spent 45 consecutive winters in Hawaii, and went on over 40 cruises! Carol passed away 10 years ago in 2008, after 67 years together. It was the saddest day of Doug’s life.
About a year later he met Nelda Williams from The Dalles, and they “danced together” as marvelous companions up until Doug’s passing. He also loved his garden and sharing the bounty with everyone he knew.
Doug lived an incredibly full and happy life. He is survived by his three children Bob Holliston and Priscilla McMillen, White Salmon, Don Holliston, Hiawassee, Ga.; seven grandchildren Jason Holliston, Tigard, Ore., Chad and Wade Holliston, Everett, Emily Ilk, North Bend, Keith McMillen, Trout Lake, Michelle McMillen, Ramstein AB, Germany, Phillip McMillen, Mukwonago, Wis.; seven great-grandchildren Grace and Clare Holliston, Chase and Miles Holliston, Maisie Holliston, Elsie and Piper Ilk, and brother Lee Holliston, Rockford, Ill.
A private family memorial was held and arrangements were provided by Gardner’s Funeral Home.
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