Ocus E. “Matt” Dillon, of Lake Wales, Florida received his walking papers into the Lord’s presence on Saturday, December 8, 2018 while at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring, FL. A strong fighter he’s won the battle and has victory in Jesus Christ his Savior. Ex 14:14.
He was born May 20, 1928 in a coal camp in Eccles, West Virginia to the late Ocus W. Dillon and Edith M. Dillon. He graduated from Trap Hill High School Class of 1946 in Harper, West Virginia.
A Korean War Veteran he served in the U.S. Army as Military Police. He received the honor in April 2017 of going to Washington, D.C. on the military’s Flight to Honor from Polk County, FL. He square danced with wife Margaret and travelled nationally in the Swinging Squares and was the club’s president for 14 years.
He was a resident of St. Albans, West Virginia for 45 years and a resident of Saddle Bag Lake Resort for 30 years, where he attended the Saddlebag Lake Resort Community Church. He was retired 38 years from the Union Carbide Corporation also served as president of their South Charleston Credit Union Chapter a few terms.
Ocus enjoyed his red Focus, Saddlebag Lake Resort events, enjoyed golf carting, country music and goin’ out to eat. Involved with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd’s Citizens Assisted Patrol program since 2015 and he was awarded April 2018 most volunteer hours in his community by Sheriff Judd.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret of 64 years. His family survivors include sister Juanita Woodfin 97 years young of Petersburg, VA, daughter Beverly Dillon-Petruschke of Fort Lauderdale, FL, son Randall E. Dillon and wife Diana of El Paso, IL, granddaughter Kelli and husband Nicky Silva of Lake Zurich, IL, granddaughter Jessi Dillon of Normal, IL, sister in law Theresa K. Bush and husband Pastor David Bush of Hurricane, WV and grand dogs Maggie -n- Larry.
We’ll miss ya’ Papa Dillon & Paw Paw thanks for all the fun times with lots of laughter and makin’ precious memories with your family over the years! Numbers 6:24-26. In his honor contribution’s can be made to Sheriff Grady Judd’s Polk County Citizens Assisted Patrol Program or
Florida Sheriffs Association at P.O. Box 12519 Tallahassee, FL.
Services will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.