W.R. 'Bill' Dilldine



W R "Bill" Dilldine was born on March 13, 1931, in Broken Arrow, Okla., to Obie E. and Faye (Pendergraph) Dilldine.e was raised and attended school in Broken Arrow and Okmulgee, where he graduated from high school.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Bill married Merna Schawe on May 25, 1957, in Great Bend, Kan., and to this union six children were born. They lived for a time in Great Bend, where Bill worked for the newspaper in the advertising department. They then moved to Coshocton, Ohio, where he was an oiler at the Simco mine of Peabody Coal Co. In May of 1964 the family moved to Craig, where Bill went to work for Seneca Coal Mine as an oiler and later dragline operator. Bill and Merna later divorced. He retired from Seneca in 1996. At that time, he met Alma J. Harris, who became his best friend and companion.

Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He liked to work with his hands and could fix anything. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge.

Bill died on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at his home in Craig surrounded by his family. He was 75.

Bill is survived by his wife, Alma Harris of Craig; daughter, Mary Beth Dilldine Anders of Highlands Ranch; sons, Jim (Vicki) Dilldine, Robert (Jeanne) Dilldine, Chris (Kim) Dilldine, Tim Dilldine and his companion Ute Murray and Matthew (Kandee) Dilldine, all of Craig; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Lucas of Tulsa, Okla.; and Alma's children, Kenneth (Julie) Harris and daughter, Kylie, of Hamilton and Pam (Kevin) Gann and son, Trevor, of Hayden.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mabel Langley, and a brother, Kenneth.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Fr. James Fox officiating. Joyce Miller sang "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Elaine DeuPree. Interment followed at Craig Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 4265.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

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