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

Dennis L. Dillon

Dennis L. Dillon
Jan 3, 1941 - Apr 30, 2021

Dennis L. Dillon

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.


Edgar Abel Canahuí Carrillo on May 15, 2021

Les envío mis condolencias. Un gran ser humano espero esté en la gloria de Dios

MaryJo Mullins 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 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 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 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 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 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 on May 4, 2021

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

Jim & Sherri Littich 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 on May 3, 2021

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

Mardell McConnaha 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.



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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


First Presbyterian Church
401 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
10:30 AM

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