In loving memory of

Dennis L. Dillon
January 3, 1941 - April 30, 2021

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Dennis L. Dillon, 80, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church. Reverend Doctor Pamela Saturnia will officiate. Masks and social distancing are required at the church.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at
Dennis was born on January 3, 1941, in Marengo, the son of Leonard and Edna (Grum) Dillon. He married Shirley Hammond on August 27, 1961, in Hedrick. They had been married for nearly 60 years.

Dennis attended Hedrick High School, then attended Drake University. Dennis went from flagpole/water tower painter to business owner of a marina and a woodwork manufacturing company. He retired from Hon Industries and continued woodworking until death.

He was a private pilot for 55 years. Dennis had been a member of the United States Army and Airforce National Guards. He was a member of the Iowa City AeroHawks and the Lone Tree Flyers RC Clubs. Dennis was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Shirley Dillon; his daughter, Debra VanOrnam of Omaha; his grandchildren, Emily Reno (Dan) of Cedar Falls, Dillon VanOrnam (Cassandra) of Omaha; and Franco and Zoa VanOrnam of Omaha; one great-grandson, Dennis VanOrnam; and his sister, Ruby Beal of Des Moines.

He is preceded in death by his parents.


MaryJo Mullins wrote on May 5, 2021:

"Shirley, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. - MaryJo Mullins"

Richard and Mary Alice Sessler wrote on May 4, 2021:

"Shirley, we were very saddened to read that Dennis had passed away last week. We are so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Dennis about his wonderful woodworking projects at the many musical events we all attended. Richard and MaryAlice Sessler"

Ruth Crowell and family wrote on May 4, 2021:

"Shirley - I am heartbroken to hear this shocking news. I always enjoyed visiting with you both at church and appreciated your sincere concern for my family and others. I remember my kids going down the street to your house to play with your grandkids. He will greatly missed. May God comfort you and your family. I'm unable to return to Muscatine for the visitation or funeral, but I will be there in prayer and spirit."

Jim Miller wrote on May 4, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed speaking with him about his RC plane's. He was always welcoming. Jim Miller "

Mary Curtis wrote on May 4, 2021:

"Shirley - I was so saddened to hear about Dennis. My heart goes out to you - a lifetime together is never enough. I so enjoyed being around Dennis, he was always so positive, encouraging and fun. He will be greatly missed by his RC family! My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Mary Curtis"

Bonnie Beth Freitag wrote on May 4, 2021:

"Shirley, I am so sad/shocked to hear about Dennis passing away last week. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss. Cherish your memories! Love, Bonnie and Doug Freitag"

Connie McKinley wrote on May 4, 2021:

"Shirley and family, We are so sorry and know that we will miss Dennis!! Love and hugs, Wanda, Connie & Rick"

Jim & Sherri Littich wrote on May 3, 2021:

"Shirley, words can't express how saddened we are to learn that I've lost one of my best friends and you your dear husband. Know that you have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts. I am even more heart broken that I cannot make it back to Muscatine for the visitation or funeral. Know that if there is anything that I or Sherri can do for you, just let me know. God bless you and grant you comfort. I will surely miss him. Jim and Sherri Littich"

Jim Clingman wrote on May 3, 2021:

"Sending condolences to the family! - Jim & Judy Clingman, Ottumwa"

Mardell McConnaha wrote on May 2, 2021:

"Shirley, so sorry to hear this. You and Dennis were always so gracious and good to me when I worked at FPC. May God grant you comfort and you be blessed by your many good memories."