(January 29, 2003)
A Powell native, Gilbert Allen Dugger, died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, Jan. 29 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 82.
Mr. Dugger was born in Powell on Dec. 10, 1920, the eldest child of Allen and Hazel Dugger. He began his schooling at Wapiti. Later the family returned to Powell where he graduated from Powell High School.
He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. After discharge, he attended electronics school in Washington, D.C. As an electronics engineer, he worked in Montana and Wyoming at radio and television stations.
He owned and operated his own business, Dugger Electronics, in Powell for 17 years.
He was an ordained deacon in the Southern Baptist Church, a member of the Gideons for many years and later in life he was a part-time writer and researcher.
He married Anna Elizabeth (Betty) Nash on Dec. 26, 1941, in Norfolk, Va., during World War II.
Survivors include his loving wife, Betty, in Colorado Springs; his daughter, Carolyn Aspinall of Fernley, Nev.; his son, Dennis Dugger of Colorado Springs; a sister, Wanda Lara of Powell; a brother, Jim Dugger of Powell; four grandchildren, Becki Driskel of Goodsprings, Nev., Bob Montgomery of Fairbanks, Alas., Barbi Godkin of Fairbanks and Loretta Dugger of Emmit, Idaho; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Claudette; his parents; and two brothers, Clyde and Harold Dugger.
According to his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be a small graveside military service at Memorial Gardens in Colorado Springs.