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 Harold Dee “Deke” Dillard

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Harold Dee “Deke” Dillard

  • Birth 29 Mar 1930 Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 5 Jan 2010 Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 46436366


ELDORADO - Mr. Harold Dee 'Deke' Dillard, 79, Eldorado, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Harold was born in Eldorado on March 29, 1930, the son of the late Floyd and Mary Magdalene (Evitt) Dillard.

On April 4, 1951, Harold married the former Marilynn Mertz in Pigget, Ark., who survives.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He worked as an architectural engineer at Brown and Roffman and Weber Griffith & Melican in Galesburg before retirement. In his later years he assisted in teaching art to his friends at the Eldorado Golden Circle and sold several paintings through the years.

He was a member of the Eldorado Masonic Lodge. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding ATVs, his CB radio and had a mean hand playing dominos.

Harold is survived by two daughters, Sandra Jo (Brad) Kuster of Galesburg and Sharon Sue (Daniel B.) Miller of Eldorado; and a son, Bobby Dale (Nancy Jo) Dillard of Galesburg. He also is survived by five grandchildren, Bryan Dillard, Katie Dillard, Emily Dillard, Jamie Weinberg and Derek Peck; two great-grandchildren, Kyler Weinberg and Benjamyn Peck; and three stepgrandchildren, Tim Miller, April Miller and Lisa Miller.

Harold also is survived by a sister, Peggy (Dean) Sauls of Eldorado, and a brother, Donald (Ilene) Dillard of Tennessee. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell and Larry; a sister, Nawana Lindsay; and one stepgrandchild, Danny Miller Jr.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Colonial Terrace Funeral Home in Eldorado. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindale Cemetery.
Published in The Register-Mail on 1/7/2010


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  • Maintained by: Peggy Dillard Sauls
  • Originally Created by: Heaven bound
  • Added: 7 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46436366
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harold Dee “Deke” Dillard (29 Mar 1930–5 Jan 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46436366, citing Lindale Memorial Gardens, Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Peggy Dillard Sauls (contributor 47244316) .