Elmer P. Dillon


(April 25, 2005)

Elmer P. Dillon, 72, died at his Ralston home at 681 Main Street Monday, April 25.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Susan Adams Trembath of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Deaver.

He was born June 16, 1932, in Deaver, son of Squire and Luella (Miller) Dillon. He attended schools in Deaver until the eighth grade, then left school to work on the family farm.

He married Betty Jo Boyd in 1951. Together they had five daughters. They were divorced in 1963.

He then married Sara-Louise Anna Sneith. She had two daughters and one son. Sara-Louise died in 2003.

He worked a variety of jobs in his life to support his family. He delivered milk, worked in a gas station and later opened his own station. He worked the smelter in Great Falls, Mont., built tanks with CD&V Construction and tended bar at different locations. In 1989, he bought the Fireside Lounge in Ralston.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was fond of fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his children, Mary (Ron) Hess of Gillette, Carol (Jay) Lanchbury of Ralston, Pam (Jim) Johnstone of Gillette, Sherrel (Kelly) Kofoed of Blackfoot, Idaho, Betty (Randy) Wallace of Newton, S.C., and Rick (Fran) Sneith of Powell; two sisters, Mamie Sigmon of Deaver and Gertrude Dillinger of Greeley, Colo; one brother, Bud Dillon of Shoshoni; 23 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Luke, Lester, Friday, Art, Wilber and James; and sisters, Hazel Hardin and Mabel Mason.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 10-11 a.m. on the day of the service.