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Gordon Dills, Jr. Memorial
Gordon Dills, Jr. Memorial

Gordon Dills, Jr.

Gordon Dills, Jr.

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Gordon R. Dills, Jr., a longtime Skagit County resident, passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at his home in Hamilton, Washington, surrounded by his loving family.  Gordon was born on July 10, 1938 in Franklin, North Carolina, the son of Gordon H. Dills, Sr. and Irma (Swann) Dills. He was raised and attended school in Hayesville.  In 1956  he brought his knowledge of logging to Skagit County and worked for WA Vandergrift Logging.

On March 11, 1961, he was united in marriage to Barbara McNabb.  Gordon and Barbara made their home and raised their family in the communities of Concrete and Hamilton. In 1971, Gordon and Barbara formed their own logging company, Gordon R. Dills Logging, which became Dills Creek Logging, Inc. in 1989.

Gordon enjoyed dancing with his wife Barbara, spending time with his grandchildren, working in his garden, canning Tarheel Beans and making wine.  He also enjoyed the companionship of his dog Dixie.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Barbara;  children, Tom Dills (Sue), Gordon Dills (Laurie), Alice Dills Hardenburgh (James) and Vivian Summers (Jim);   seven grandchildren, Gordon Joshua Dills, Samuel Parker, Nicholas Nova, Jacob Dills, Quentin Dills, Lucia Parker, Mitchell Nova; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Inez Sullivan and Norma Jean Trueman; brothers, Douglas, Steve and Scott; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Doris Clark, Barbara (Bobbie) Mayville and Carolyn Hein; one brother Wade;  his great-grandson Tucker Parker.

A celebration of life will be held on from  2:00PM – 4:00PM Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Eaglehaven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA.  He was laid to rest at the Hamilton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.  Share your memories of Gordon and sign the online guest register.


  • Shane Robbins

    Rip Gordon. I worked for Junior for a few years and also helped in converting the old high school in Hamilton into a truck shop for him. Junior was a awesome boss full of knowledge and wisdom. He was a really great guy. He was well known by many in the Skagit Valley area. Great caring guy who will be missed in the valley for sure.

  • Shelly Noble Oslie

    Oh what fond memories I have of being with the Dills family! I have not seen them since school days when I spent so many nights with Alice but it feels like just yesterday. I even got to go stay with them in North Bend for a week when they lived there. My heart goes out to you all.

  • Inez Sullivan

    My sweet brother I miss him so much. Jr always made me laugh. The last few years we have really talked a lot on the phone I so admire him for taking care of Barbara and what a great life they had together. Jr was one of the Good Guys. Rest in peace my brother.

  • Ted

    Gordon–I think it was the fall of ’63 we teamed to pull chockers for a day on Howard Creek, came away with the lesson working with you, we did much better when we pulled the same way. RIP from someone who crossed paths long ago with a lifetime lesson.

  • Mary Nick

    To JD,who gave me a purpose for my life.Thank you for allowing me into your family.It was an honor to hangout with you and Barb.The lessons we learn from our elders is a true BLESSING,and I must admit,my TARHEEL ELDERS have been the BEST.God sure does open the finest of doors,but has a funny way of closing them as well? I still can’t understand why I got covid after all this time,so I couldn’t come and give You and Barb that final hug you were so good at giving me in times when I thought there was no one else.Whoever thought you could have a Best Friend and a Father figure at the same time?Daryl misses you so much!!One thing we truly believe here in our Home is “Speak their NAME” KEEP THEM ALIVE IN YOUR HEARTS.Soon to meet You in the clouds my FRIEND.ps,our spaghetti sauce was great!

  • Annie and Al Steiner

    Junior was my best friend and like a brother. I will miss him immensely. Hugs

  • Ron Clark

    You weren’t the tallest man in the family, but you cast a huge shadow! Nobody could beat you to the landing or on your way home. Happy trails uncle Junior, you just joined some amazing people who all had such an influence in my life. Gandad, my John Wayne, and all the wonderful family you are with now. You will forever be in my heart.
    PS: Give mom a hug for me

  • Ted andersonted314@gmail.com

    Junior was my first cousin but also my friend. The last time I talked to him was at Grande Creek Grocery he was headed to work. We had such a good visit, he was on dialysis and taking care of his wife Barbara. He was one strong man and loved working, I worked with Junior and we always found something to laugh about and teased each other. I will miss him as will my family. Prayers to his family and friends. RIP my brother I will never forget you.

  • Reva Johnson

    We will miss you good friend,We always had a lot to talk about.and laugh about.To Gordie,Alice,Viv And Tom.I am so sorry,Your Dad was loved by so many,He will not be forgotten,And no more pain.