Donald L. Childs

October 27, 1926February 27, 2013
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Donald L. Childs of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the age of 86.

Don was born on October 27, 1926, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Hortense and Lucian Childs.

After graduating from Wichita Falls High School in 1944, Don joined the US Marine Corps. He served his country from 1944 – 1954 on board the USS Cabot aircraft carrier in WW II and in Korea with Fox 2/7 (F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment) at Chosin Reservoir. The battle at Chosin Reservoir was fought over some of the roughest terrain during some of the harshest winter weather conditions of the Korean War. He proudly wore the US Marine emblem and enjoyed opportunities to reunite with his fellow Fox 2/7 Marines. Don spent the next 35 years teaching auto mechanics through a continuing education program through the University of Texas, Texas A & M, and Texas State Technical College. Don’s hobbies included tinkering with just about everything, especially antique tractors and trucks. He restored a 1947 GMC truck and several tractors. Don enjoyed riding his tractors at tractor shows around Central Texas. In 1975 Don built his own airplane and enjoyed many years of flying. Kittie Hill Airport in Leander, Texas, was a favorite hang-out for Don, where he has maintained many special friendships with other avid pilots.

Don is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen Childs and sister Ora Littlefield. He is survived by his wife, Janice R. Ruyle and her family and his brother, James L. Childs and his wife, Louise, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks in Pflugerville. Funeral services will begin at 3:30 following the visitation. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the name of Donald L. Childs, to St. Augustine's Orthodox Church, P.O. 602, Pflugerville, Texas, 78640, or Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 99, Dripping Springs, Texas, 78620.

Please visit Don’s memorial page at


  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Fidel Gomez

March 8, 2013

Don will always be remembered for his selflessness, courage and service during the Korean Chosin Battle. Fox 2-7 will carry the memory of Don being a truly honorable Marine. Don's presence at our reunions will be missed. On behalf of your Fox 2-7 Marine Brothers, you will always be Siempre Fidelis and forever remembered.

Lori Reynolds

March 7, 2013

Oh, my. So sad to hear this news. Prayers for the family and friends. I used to go to the same church as Don years ago.

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

March 7, 2013

Thank you, Donald, for your service to our country.

March 4, 2013

So Sorry to hear about Donald. I go way back with him in the outboard club and later in the tractor club. He always had such a good sense of humor. He will be missed.
Owen Meredith