In loving memory of

Thomas 'Tom' Dillon
August 30, 1940 - July 14, 2021

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Thomas 'Tom' E. Dillon, 80, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Muscatine.

Funeral Service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Muscatine Chapter Red Cross or Muscatine Meals on Wheels.

Visitation will be from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

Tom was born on August 30, 1940, in Muscatine, the son of John P. and Jennie Sywassink Dillon. He married Karen Foster on September 20, 1969, in Muscatine. They later separated.

He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1959. He started working for Northwestern Bell, later called AT&T, and retired as a system technician after 26 years. After he retired, he worked at Lucas Communications.

Tom was a member of Bass Anglers Society, Ducks Unlimited, and Delta Waterfowl. He enjoyed fishing, walking his sons' dog 'Banks', and watching his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Chicago Cub, and Chicago Bears fan.

He is survived by his children, Debra Bennett and husband, Mike, of Fort Dodge, Clay Dillon and wife, Melissa, and Shanna Showalter and husband, Dave, both of Muscatine; four grandchildren, Thomas, Jack, Kaitlyn, and Carter; and four siblings, Mary Ellen Morris and husband, Earl, of Hamilton, Illinois, Judy Lust and husband, Gene, of Des Moines, Jack Dillon and wife, Vicki, of Tiffin, and Mike Dillon of Muscatine.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents.


Sandy Fortney wrote on Jul 16, 2021:

"Sympathy to all of Tom?s family.. Good memories of working with Tom and Dave in programming telephones at Stanley. consultants many years ago. Always such a helpful and pleasant person to work with. Let your good memories comfort you."

Elaine Diller wrote on Jul 16, 2021:

"I have great memories of Tom when he would come into Caver-Bandag with his great friend Dave Lucas. My prayers are with your family. Elaine Martin Diller "

Jack Wilson wrote on Jul 16, 2021:

"Sorry to hear about Tom's passing. I was a teammate of Tom on the MHS basketball & track teams"

Jack Wilson wrote on Jul 16, 2021:

"Sorry to hear about Tom's passing. I was a teammate of Tom on the MHS basketball & track teams"

Darrell and Karen Olderog wrote on Jul 15, 2021:

"We have so many great memories from watching kids? sporting events through the years. So sorry to hear of Tom?s passing. Prayers for Clay, Shanna and the rest of his family. Tom was such a proud dad. "

Paul & Heidi Anderson wrote on Jul 15, 2021:

"We are so sorry to hear of Tom?s passing. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you."

Dyann Roby wrote on Jul 15, 2021:

"Tom was a talented man and always pleasant. Our sympathy?Dyann & Dave Roby"