David Irvin Dillon Sr.




Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes Inc.

202 W Maple Avenue

Oak Hill, OH 45656

(740)682-6696






David Irvin Dillon Sr., age 90, passed away April 28th, 2022, at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston, Ohio. He was born December 31st, 1931, in Blackfork, Ohio, to the late Mildred (Snyder) and Paul Dillon.


He is survived by his children: David Jr (Kathy) Dillon, Donna (Randy) Smith, Eric Dillon, and Joy (Kent) Lehman; grandchildren Emily, Zachary, Zane, Alan, Aaron, Angela, Josie, and Megan; sister, Connie Watson; as well as several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Cooper) Dillon; brothers, Paul, Clyde, and Carl Dillon; and sisters, Vivian McCormick and Linda Walters.


Dave graduated from Waterloo High School and served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Germany during the Korean War. He returned home afterward and met the love of his life, Betty. They married on April 18, 1956. In 1963, they moved to Reynoldsburg, Ohio to raise their children.


Dave started as a machinist at North American Rockwell and worked for many years in a supervisory role. He earned a teaching certificate from the University of Cincinnati and spent several years teaching machine shop training for the Columbus Public Schools Adult Education Program. He also umpired youth baseball.


Dave was a hands-on dad who played with his children, and eventually his grandchildren – whiffle ball, shooting hoops, ice skating, sledding, swimming, and card and board games. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved his cabin at Jackson Lake, hunting, fishing, and chopping wood for his wood burning stove. He enjoyed singing and playing country music on his guitar. Dave had a special place in his heart for his two rescued Jack Russell Terriers, JJ and Jeanie (aka Doggie Dog).


Dave will be remembered most for his sense of humor. He was always laughing, pulling a prank, or telling a joke.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, from 12-1PM at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1PM. Burial will follow at Horeb Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillum.com.