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Donald Arlen Drumheller

Birth Date: February 17, 1934
Death Date: June 20, 2016

Don, a loving husband and father of 5, passed away June 20th at the age of 82. His time finally ran out and he died peacefully at the hospital surrounded by his family. Don was very proud of his military career, which began at the age of 15. He retired after 24 years in the United States Air Force and then went on to retire from the State of California. He had an illustrious career during his 43 years in the American Legion at Post 521 in Rio Linda, CA. He was elected as the Post Commander, California’s Department Commander and National Executive Committee man. He was also a member of the 40/8 for 39 years. Don always said if he knew he was going to live this long, he would have taken better care of himself. He was generally more concerned about taking care of others. We are truly lucky he lasted 82 years — we had many great years with a lot of laughs along the way. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lerretta, and their 5 children: Dan (Allison), Marc (Vicki), Patsy, Paul (Robin), Greg, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes, Sacramento, CA on July 1st at 10 AM. A reception will follow at The O Club inside the Lions Gate Hotel from 12-2.

Sunset Lawn Memorial Park
4701 Marysville Blvd Sacramento, CA 95838
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  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends of Don. I met Don and his family when I was a child, when our family moved from Canada! The Drumhellers are the first family I remember meeting after we moved to North Highlands! Truly a wonderful warm loving family that I will always remember! Don will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him! Rest in peace Don! :heart::pray::heart::pray::heart::pray::heart::pray:
    Love, Lorna Brothers Deome

  2. Our sincere condolences to you Leretta and family on Don's passing. I can't really remember a time when I or my family didn't know uncle Don. Sure it was Mr. Drumheller when we were kids growing up, but after the service & moving back to Sacramento I changed it to uncle Don. Can't even begin to tell you how many pictures we have as a family with Don and you Leretta in them. The hundreds of events, parties, meetings we all attended have and will always be counted as the best of times. Don was always a hard worker for the things he believed in. He was close to many, my dad's best friend, and will be missed by us all.
    AJ Salontai

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