Dakota Dunes, SD — Stanley Reed Dillon, 59, of Dakota Dunes, SD, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at the Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth. Pastor Donna Smith officiated. Several CD music selections were played.
Pallbearers were Andrew Duclos, Nathaniel Duclos, Isaac Duclos, Jordan Wondercheck, Travis Michaelis and Curtis Michaelis.
Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery in Long Pine.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Stanley was born March 12, 1961 to Wilferd and Donna (Biltoft) Dillon in Ainsworth. Stan was the middle son of three boys and lived in Ainsworth from birth until the fourth grade. He was confirmed on Dec. 22, 1970. Stan then moved to O’Neill and graduated from O’Neill High School.
Stan spent a good share of his time fishing, hunting and trapping when he was young. He also enjoyed working with his Grandpa Allen on the farm and he spent a lot of time on the Niobrara River fishing and canoeing.
Stan and Bill got snow shovels for Christmas one year and loved to be outside scooping snow. He also worked a newspaper route when he was young.
Even at a young age, Stan was a hard worker and he always knew how to provide for his family. He would save money for Christmas by hiding it in a book and then surprising his wife with it to buy Christmas gifts for his children.
Stan enjoyed all western movies and outdoor sports. Stan was a true outdoorsman. He would go hunting every Thanksgiving morning and then make it back just in time to celebrate the holiday.
Stan loved catching all kinds of fish; walleye, northern pike, crappie, bass and bluegill. He had all kinds of fishing stories.
Stan Dillon and Juleen (Wondercheck) met in high school and then moved to Oklahoma in 1980 to attend college at Bartlesville Wesleyan College in Bartlesville, OK. Stan and Juleen were united in marriage on Dec. 26, 1981 in Atkinson, at the Wesleyan Church and then moved back to Bartlesville.
Stan then found employment at Phillips Petroleum Company working in information technology. He attended classes at Phillips to further his knowledge in information technology. He was a quick learner and was self-taught in many subjects. Stan worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for 19 years before he was recruited to work for IBP in South Sioux City, which was later bought out by Tyson.
At Tyson he was considered the “go to guy” in his role as a network engineer. Stan loved his job and he excelled in it. His boss and coworkers described him as always solving problems with a smile.
Everyone loved him and he will be greatly missed.
Stan and Juleen had three wonderful children Kasandra, Melissa and Caleb. Stan was a wonderful father who always took time to play with his children. He took them on trips to Branson, MO and to the Black Hills in South Dakota.
Stan had a lifetime hunting and fishing license which he used as much as he could. He loved Nebraska, his home. He enjoyed hunting, bow hunting and fishing in Oklahoma where he enjoyed catching enormous catfish.
Stan and Juleen were blessed with five grandchildren Micah (10 yrs), Walker (8 yrs), Grace (4yrs), Tristan (2.5 yrs) and Irelynn (newborn). He adored his grandkids and took various fishing trips with them to northern Minnesota, Fort Randall and Platte, SD.
Stan was a strong, loving, patient and big hearted father, husband and grandfather. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. He is looking down at us from Heaven saying “I love you all” and don’t be sad because I’m more alive than I’ve ever been before.
Stan is survived by his wife Juleen Dillon of Dakota Dunes, SD; his three children Kasandra (Mike) Girard of Irene, SD, Melissa (Brandon) Galvin of Sioux Falls, SD and Caleb (Ashlee (Tuttle)) Dillon of Sioux Falls, SD; his two brothers Bill (Tammy) Dillon of Valentine and Don (Christy) Dillon of Lincoln; his two aunts Lois Rahn and Lorraine Biltoft; his five grandchildren Micah, Walker, Grace, Tristan and Irelynn; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wilferd and Donna Dillon and his grandparents Allen and Laura Biltfoft.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hochfuneralhome.com.