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ULYSSES – Don Ray Tillotson died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 in Ulysses after an extended illness. 

He was born in 1932 to Raymond and Amy (Jones) Tillotson in Frankfort. 

He graduated from Dighton High School in 1950, and then attended Kansas State College graduating in 1954 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He returned to school in 1960 to pursue a medical degree graduating from KU in 1965.

He married Shirley Miller in 1955. She survives. 

In 1966, he moved to Ulysses beginning a private practice as a medical doctor. He retired in 1996.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses.  

He served on the boards of First National Bank of Dighton, the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Area Mental Health Center, as well as the Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association. 

He served as medical director for The Legacy at Park View. He worked for many years with patients and families of AA. 

He received a 60-year recognition in the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors also include three children: Scott and Debbie Tillotson, Ellinwood, Gwen and John Lowe, Tyler, Texas, and Jill and Tim Hill, Satanta; brother, Paul Tillotson, Auburn, Wash.; sister, Betty Milford of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and five grandchildren: Jordan Lowe, Daniel Hill, Shelby Kelman, Jonathan Lowe and Chase Tillotson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Tajchman; and granddaughter, Kyndall Lowe.

• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Todd Guinn presiding.  

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at Shields Cemetery with Masonic Rites.  

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 with family present from 6 to 7 p.m.  

Memorials are suggested to the Grant County Community Foundation or First United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS  67880.  

Condolences may be left at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com




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