LaMoine James “Whitey / Bud” Dillon
LaMoine Dillon, 94, of Wakeman Ohio passed away on September 28, 2020 at home with his family. He was born in Greeley, Nebraska on October 7, 1925 and has lived in Wakeman over 65 years. He served in WWII in the 331st Combat Engineers in the Aleutian Islands, was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and the 13th Division. After the war he married his childhood sweetheart Moira Barrett in January 1947 and they moved to Ohio. They had a large family of 10 children and were blessed with 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren and 3 honorary daughters.
During their 68 year marriage they enjoyed many activities together including family get togethers, card games, music and going to museums and anything historical. They loved big band, swing and Dixieland music and dancing together. It was a joy to watch them ballroom dancing and they did round and square dancing with the Firelands Area Dancing Squares and in many of the places where they traveled.
They traveled 27 years after retirement and covered the country. They enjoyed all the places they traveled. Whitey never met a stranger. He could and did talk to everyone. He was known for his stories both about the family and his work. He loved learning new things and sharing what he learned through his stories.
He was an Ironworker with Union Local 17 out of Cleveland and worked for over 40 years all over northern Ohio. He enjoyed his work and talked about the many people with whom he worked and the buildings and bridges they built.
In his retirement years he enjoyed gardening and golf. He golfed until he was 90 and twice got a Hole In One. He and Moira were avid readers all their lives and they passed that on to their children. He especially loved mysteries and history. He was a 19-year survivor of lung cancer and participated in Relay for Life for many years.
He was active in his church and community. He helped build St. Mary Catholic Church Hall in the 1950’s and was a member of the Holy Name Society and Parish Council. He was a Cub Scout Pack Leader, member of the Wakeman Police Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, helped start Little League baseball in Wakeman and coached the Red Socks team. He was a member of the Wakeman American Legion Post 689 and held many offices. He was part of the local Memorial Day services every year for 65 years.
In his 90’s he visited other local seniors through the Senior Center Friends Program. He was named Huron County Senior of the Year in 2016 and served as Grand Marshall of the Wakeman Firefighters Homecoming Parade that year.
Whitey was very kind, social, and had a great sense of humor. He loved to make jokes and kept people laughing till the very end. He could talk to anyone and everyone and had a genuine love of people. He was a great storyteller, and friends say he talked about his family all the time. He was a wonderful husband, father, and person. His kids say if he hadn’t been a little hard-headed, he’d have been just about perfect. He enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest. He cared about everyone, and he and Moira taught their children to care for people, too; everyone was welcome at family events, and Whitey’s kids started a tradition collecting donations for Whitey’s birthday to pay off school lunches so no child goes hungry. If you know the Dillons, you’re part of their family, and he would make sure everyone is taken care of.
Our thanks to Hospice of the Western Reserve for their care in his final months.
Whitey is survived by his 10 children: Russell (Marilyn) Dillon, Janet Dillon, Carol (Joe) Ritorto Jr., Sandy Dillon; Pete Dellisanti, Debbie Dillon, Alan ( Emily) Dillon, Danny (Donna) Dillon, Laura (Terry) Speer, David (Lori) Dillon, Steve Dillon; 20 grandchildren: Russell Dillon Jr., Katie (Tyler) Carp, Amy (Joe) Weisenberger, Jonathon (Wendy) Brandal, Joshua Brandal, Joe Ritorto 3rd, Shawn (Jackie) Ritorto, Scot Ritorto, Mike (Cheri) Bartish, Angie (Tom) Satterfield, Tom (Jess) Dillon, Valorie Dillon, Peter Dillon, Jennifer (Bob) Burkey, Nick Hardwick, Jennifer (Jon) Spragg, Melissa Dillon, Kelly (Matt) Blackford, Christen (Mike) Cress, Drew (Taylor) Dillon; 33 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Weisenberger, James Weisenberger, Hunter Brandal, Kierstin (Alan) Hoyt, Maria Ritorto, Dameon Ritorto, Bailey (Logan) Ammanniti, Micky Bartish, Quinten Bartish, Ryan Veliz, Elidia Veliz, Brandon Veliz, Breanne Veliz, Onaje Arnold Jr., Rosie Arnold, Michael (Anna) Burkey, Kyle Burkey, Jamison Burkey, Justin Burkey, Moira
Hardwick, Jacob Hardwick, Caleb Hardwick, Idel Hardwick, Josette Spragg, Jameson Spragg, Jayden Zaleski, Conner Duensing, Lincoln Blackford, Alexander Blackford, Logan Cress, Summer Cress, Azrael Cress, Eli Dillon; five great-great-grandchildren: Tristan Hoyt, Grant Hoyt, Ayden Adkins, Piper Burkey, & Layne Veliz.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Moira (Barrett) Dillon, his parents, Thomas Dillon & Nora (Wagner) Davis, grandson, Darrell Gray, daughter-in-law, Ann (Hurst) Dillon, and his brother, John Dillon.
Services will be private per the family's request. Online condolences may be left at www.mormanfuneralhome.com
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