On the \nevening of November 17, 2020, William David "Bill" \nDillon fired up his once sold but now returned '57 \nChevy Bel Air and cruised off into the sunset for a \nreunion ten years in the making. All family members \nagree that his loving wife of thirty-eight years, \nPat, was waiting for him at the pearly gates, \nreading a John Grisham novel. Upon his arrival, she \npromptly stated, "Took ya long enough, Dillon!" and \nhopped into the car. \nAlthough \nBill appeared to be an upstanding Butlerite, it was \na farce! He was a transplant who originally hailed \nfrom Houtzdale, Pa. Bill was born November 16, 1939, \nto his loving and kind-hearted mother, Charlotte M. \nGinter and Dean M. Dillon, who has recently been \ndescribed by a life long friend as the following: \n"His father was one strict man. I mean it, he was a \nno-nonsense guy that ran a tight ship." It is \nimportant to note that this upbringing was an \nimpactful gift to Bill as he grew into adulthood; \nmore on that later. \nBack to the \nrevelation, Bill was only in Butler for a quick \nvisit to his uncle, who was stationed at the Butler \nstate police barracks. Bill didn't even plan to stay \nin our bustling city! We were just a dot on a map he \nnoticed while driving cross-country to "start his \nlife in California." Thankfully, his friends set him \nup on a blind date with a woman named Patricia \n"Pat," Schreffler, a true Butler native. Bill was \nsmitten by the end of the date, while Pat found him \na "bit nerdy." Bill was one smooth-talking man \nbecause just four months after their blind date, \nthey were married at the Winchester Virginia Justice \nof the Peace on March 18, 1961. When asked why they \nchose to get married out of state, they said: \n"because it was easier to get it done." The \nfollowing day Bill introduced the new Mrs. Dillon to \nhis family in Houtzdale. For the first time, mind \nyou.\nA hard-working man thanks to his \nfather's influence, Bill was the type of guy to wake \nup at sunrise and by sunrise-fifteen roost David, \nDenise, and Dina, his ridiculously good looking \nkids, out of their bed for a solid day's work. It is \nwell known his preferred method of wake up call was \nthe "bang, bang, bang on the door accompanied with \nup, up, up!!" Once the kids drug themselves out of \nbed, they would find a list of tasks to accomplish \nduring the day. According to Bill, "lists are \neffective" and should be utilized frequently. To \nthis day, David writes his lists on old mail \nenvelopes. Denise prefers the simplicity of a \npost-it note. While Dina loves making lists so much \nthat she gifted fancy giant chalkboard organizers \nspecifically for that purpose one Christmas. \n\nHis work \nethic, high standard, and expectations were driven \ninto the three Ds, and those with children were kind \nenough to continue the tradition. If you have ever \nworked with any of the Dillon offspring, it is easy \nto see Bill was successful in making sure his kids \nknew how to take care of themselves and help others \nwhen in need.\nBill found more success in his \ncareer. "Like a good neighbor," Bill was always \nthere to help his neighbors, specifically the ones \nthat held a State Farm insurance policy through his \noffice. After thirty-three years of living the cushy \noffice life, Bill retired and decided to take it \n"easy." \nBy easy, we \nmean: attending events and activities held by the \nFree Masons Lodge 272 and Knight's Templar number 87 \norganizations that he belonged to for several years. \nThere was also building a new house, re-building \nfour classic cars, traveling far and wide, dirtbike/quad \nriding anywhere and everywhere, and quickly racking \nup at least triple digits worth of hours hunting. \nThese are just a few highlights from his extensive \nlist. \nOne of his \nfavorite accomplishments was the erection of The \nTripple CCC Camp. Bill and his surviving brother, \nDennis, finally reached their life long dream of \nhaving their very own camp with an outhouse! Located \nnear his hometown of Houtzdale, it is nestled by The \nLittle Clearfield Creek. To Dennis and Bill, this \nwas a slice of heaven. This camp also successfully \nbrought together the numerous members of the Dillon \nclan. The most notable event, after the outhouse was \ncompleted, is the Memorial Day picnic. Dillons make \ntheir annual pilgrimage from far and wide to \ncelebrate this important day. Many great memories \nhave been made in this rustic hunting lodge by the \nfifty plus Dillon family members.\nIt is essential to mention \nthat Bill's life was not always sunshine and \nrainbows. In January of 2010, he very quickly and \nunexpectedly lost his love, Pat. Once he was ready, \nBill joined an online Christian dating site. It was \nthere that he met Joyce, his next passion. It can be \nnoted that Bill was a lady killer in hiding because, \nwithin four months of dating, they were married on \nJune 23, 2012. It was then that Wild Willy was born. \nJoyce was drawn to his profile because of his \nprofile picture, wearing a cowboy hat and guns \ndrawn. From there, their love grew. Joyce was with \nBill through the challenging, sad, frustrating, and \npainful times caused by his onset of Dementia and \nuntil the end of his time on Earth.\nHe was preceded in death by \nhis younger brother Don Dillon. Bill's surviving \nfamily includes his 1956 powder blue Chevy Bel Air \nconvertible, 1955 burnt orange, and cream Chevy Bel \nAir convertible, a 1955 black and yellow Chevy Bel \nAir, and his last project during his life, a 1931 \nChevy Coupe. Thankfully, he completed these projects \nbecause none of his four grandchildren are skilled \nenough to finish the job. Amanda and her husband, \nNicholas, Eckhardt and their gaggle of children: \nSophia, William, and Sean of Sarver, Seth, and wife \nRachel, Dillon of Butler, Chase Zinn, and girlfriend \nCourtney Wilson of Prospect, and Cole, and wife \nMichenzie, Zinn of Butler will remember the love \nthat their grandfather had for them when they fire \nup one of the cars. Bill will be greatly missed, and \nhis surviving family and siblings will fondly share \nstories of his life: David S. and his wife, \nRosemary, Dillon of Butler; two daughters, Denise M. \nand her husband, Shane, Zinn of Prospect and Dina E. \nand her husband, Peter, Donaldson of Butler. \nSiblings: Dennis, and wife Bonnie, Dillon of Olanta, \nPa; Margie, and husband Jack, Anderson of \nCurwensville, Pa, Donna Sue Grimes of Little River \nSC sister-in-law of the late Don Dillon, Connie, and \nhusband Gene, Zazworsky of Houtzdale Pa. \nVisitation \nwill be Saturday, November 21, 11:00 a.m. until time \nof service at 1:00 p.m. at the Butler Wesleyan \nMethodist Church 590 Protzman Rd., Butler, PA 16002.\n\nInterment \nwill follow in Gruenwald Cemetery.\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial \ncontributions may be made to the Alzheimer's \nFoundation of America in his memory. \n\nArrangements are being handled by the \nThompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North \nSt., Butler, PA 16001.