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Eldon Ray Dille formerly of Highland, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, Indiana.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Dille and Charlotte Shephard Dille, and his brother, James Dille.
He is survived by his nephew, Steven Dille and his wife Tasha of Kansas City, MO. Dear friends William and Gail Sassman of Greenwood, Indiana.
Private interment will take place at Gilliam Cemetery, Gilliam, MO.
Born in DeWitte, MO, Eldon attended Slater High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy at the University of Missouri.
An avid lover of all music, Eldon enjoyed playing the organ for the Baptist church in his youth, where he also preached and was very active in the Baptist Student Union. Eldon was a missionary, lay evangelist and led vacation bible schools in Missouri and Iowa. While in college, Eldon joined the ROTC program and was the Student Conductor of the ROTC Band.
Eldon was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers with his final tour in Germany during the Cuban Missile Crisis with the assignment of Atomic Demolition Munitions Training Officer with the 547th Combat Engineer Battalion. Lt. Dille was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the Pentagon for his actions during active duty.
Eldon’s talents led him to work for Bayer (Chemagro Corp) Burns and McDonnell and was recognized as an international expert in his field. He later transferred to the Chicago area and finished out his working career at Sargent and Lundy. Eldon was very involved in local Alcohol Anonymous chapters and sponsored nearly 100 people in his 43 years of sobriety.
Eldon was a member of Garfield Masonic Lodge #569 of Highland, Indiana, Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Indiana, and Hammond York Rite bodies.
Memorial gifts can be made to The Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, Inc., 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46224.
Arrangements entrusted to Jessen Funeral Home, Franklin Chapel.