Melvin L Dillman

Born: Wed., Jun. 13, 1928
Died: Sun., Jan. 26, 2014


12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
Location: Dillman-Scott Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Jan. 30, 2014
Location: Dillman-Scott Funeral Home

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Melvin L. Dillman, 85, of Paoli, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014.  
Born June 13, 1928 in Crawford County, Indiana, he was the son of Ralph Eldridge and Hazel Fern (Small) Dillman.
From the age of 13, when both of his parents went to work for the war effort, Melvin shouldered responsibility for raising his younger brothers and running the family farm.  Following graduation from Leavenworth High School in 1947, Melvin joined International Harvester as a machinist and was the first person Harvester selected to enter their tool and die maker apprenticeship.  Learning he was about to be drafted into the Army, he enlisted in the Navy so he could continue his work as a machinist.  He served during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Askari where he operated a machine shop and received a Letter of Commendation for his “level-headed manner” and “excellent leadership abilities”.  During his service, his firstborn child, a son, was stillborn in Guam.  Being forbidden from bringing the baby to the States for funeral services, he was buried in the Guam Veterans Cemetery.  Following his Navy service, he returned to International Harvester and completed his apprenticeship.  He stayed with Harvester for 23 years; climbing from tool and die making, to mechanical engineering, to tool development engineering.  From 1965 to 1966, he worked nights and attended Kentucky School of Mortuary Science during the day, graduating cum laude.  He did his two-year funeral directing apprenticeship at Dillman-Green Funeral Home (owned by his brother Merrill) in Marengo and also worked at Gehlbach and Royse Funeral Home in Georgetown.  He was approached by the Ellis family to purchase the Ellis Funeral Home in Paoli. In 1971, Melvin moved his family into the upper floor of the funeral home and began his second career at Dillman-Ellis Funeral Home where he also provided the town ambulance service for five years.  A second funeral home, Dillman-Hunter, was reopened in Hardinsburg.  After 20 years of funeral directing, Melvin sold his funeral business and tried out retirement.  He obtained his realtor’s license and invested in rental property, land, and cattle.  Not quite busy enough, he purchased the Hoosier Hardware and began his third career in hardware.  In 2012, at the age of 83, he returned to funeral directing and, along with a son, reacquired the former Dillman-Ellis Funeral Home, which now operates as Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.  Although his sons ran the daily operations of the hardware store and the funeral home, he continued to work at both until his recent health failure.
Melvin had many talents and interests.  He was a member of Oakview Baptist Church in Okeechobee, and attended Paoli First Baptist Church for many years but was a friend of all faiths.  He was active in the Paoli community through several civic organizations and boards, including the Paoli Masonic Lodge 119 F&AM, Scottish Rite of Evansville, Hadi Temple Shriners of Evansville, Paoli Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, a charter member of Paoli Optimist Club, and Paoli Meridian Lions Club.  He was named a Kentucky Colonel in 1988.   In 1994, was Paoli’s Citizen of the Year and the fall festival parade’s Grand Marshal.  He was skilled at woodworking, enjoyed cooking, loved to fish, and garden.  He enjoyed farm animals and had more than a few pets over the years.   Melvin and Rebecca enjoyed wintering at their home on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, where they had many strong friendships.  He followed politics, the stock market, and had a great sense of humor.  He was a mentor, a confidant, someone you could count on.   More than anything, though, he was a humble Christian man whose life centered on quietly helping others.    
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Ralph Edward Dillman, brother Norman, a great granddaughter and a great grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rebecca Limeberry Scott Dillman; two brothers, Merrill (Gail) Dillman of Marengo and Harold (Lou Ann) Dillman of Corydon; six children, Rhonda (Vincent) Vance of Paoli, Gerald (Kim) Scott of Orleans, Carla (Bucky) Cook of Jeffersonville, Bradley Scott of Paoli, Cheryl (Rick) Carrico of Louisville, and Tim (Lisa) Scott of Paoli; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren with five more on the way, and his beloved, faithful companion, Okee.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. with Masonic services at 6:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home, 226 West Campbell Street.  Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Interment to follow at the Stamper’s Creek Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Backpacks of Blessings, c/o Orange County Community Foundation, the Orange County Humane Society, or to the charity of choice.  

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Julie Cadle-Lowere
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
I am thinking of you. I know this is so hard. Find comfort in knowing he is in a better place but will always be alive in your hearts.

Love to all the Dillman Family.

Lisa and Glen
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
We send our love and deepest sympathy. The path to heaven is paved with prayer, charitable deeds, humility, honesty and love; Melvin was a man who displayed this way of living. May all who grieve find comfort in Our Father and the promise of heaven....Lisa and Glen

Hannah Kirchner
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
RIP, Melvin.

You were my friend. I know you cared about me and my boy.

Thank you for giving a darn, as well as 10 percent off all hardware store items ... and then some.

My boy sat in a car seat on your counter many a time while we talked. Your dog bit me only once. Sometimes you flirted with me in fun, and it made a tired mother feel special.

I'm going to miss you.

Bill Mitchell
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
To Becky, Rhonda, Cheryl, Carla, Gerald, Tim, Brad, and entire family.

I want to extend my sincere condolences to you right now. I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Melvin was a great man who was much admired by myself, as well as by so many others.

I wish I could be there to tell you in person, but I will be out of state from Wednesday through Sunday.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Bill Mitchell

William&Karen Drury
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
So sorry for your loss,Melvin will be greating miss prayers for all of you

Debbie West Williams
   Posted Mon January 27, 2014
I am so saddened by the passing of Melvin. He was a remarkable leader for the town of Paoli and has left an indelible impact on the entire community. He had a heart of gold. He and Becky were one of the first people to reach out to us when we purchased the radio stations in Paoli 1978. I will never forget the blizzard that year. Melvin gave JD his truck with the snow blade on it to go around town and the county to clear drives and streets so people would not get completely snowed in. We were on the air 36 straight hours to help this effort-and Melvin was right there helping us. What a guy. We were so blessed to have known and worked with him all those years, and then to later have him and Becky as family when my sister, Lisa, and Tim married. Melvin will be greatly missed.

Susan Palmer Zziliak
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
So sorry to hear of Melvin's death.

What an amazing life he lead---family, professional accomplishments, and it sounds as if he enjoyed it all!

My prayers are for peace and comfort for you, Becky, and your family.

Kelly Love Walker
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
Rhonda, Carla & Cheryl,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I have so many fond memories of our families spending time together (so many years ago!). I know you will miss him, but you can take comfort knowing that he is in a better place.
My Dad and family send their sympathy to you also.

Love & Prayers,

Kelly Love Walker

Rick & Joyce Minton
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Shanna Wyatt
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Shanna .

Our Deepest Sympathy, Shanna & Jesse Wyatt

Jackie Gibson
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
I want to express my sympathy to all of you. I am the IFDA District 8 Director. I wish I could've come to the visitation but I also have a visitation and service Wednesday and Thursday. The IFDA and myself are praying and thinking of you during your loss.

Wanda (Smock) Mohlenbruck
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
Cheryl, It's been way to long and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Love ya, Always Wanda

Bob Halbert
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
Rebecca and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Melvin was such a warm and caring individual. He surely will be missed by many. So many great memories. Prayers and condolences.

Bob Halbert

Jim Brown
   Posted Tue January 28, 2014
"With love and fond memories of Melvin, May God comfort you with His peace and strength"
Sincere Simpathy,
Jim Brown and Family

Sandy Nicholson Brown
   Posted Wed January 29, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family. Melvin was a great man, with a big heart. He will be missed by all.

Barbara Underwood
   Posted Wed January 29, 2014
with love,prayers, and thoughts


Barbara Elliott
   Posted Wed January 29, 2014
Becky and family, May you all find comfort knowing you were a special part of such a well lived life. Melvin was one of a kind. Our grandmothers were sisters, and Melvin always referred to me as CUZ. He was such an example of a true gentleman. I know you all have such fond memories of Melvin, hold on to those memories and may they guide you during your time of sadness. Love, hugs and prayers for the entire family
Gene & Barb(cuz) Elliott

Becky & Norman Grissom
   Posted Wed January 29, 2014
Dear Becky,
Our hearts and prayers are with you and all the family. Melvin was truly one of the "good guys". Please know that you have our deepest sympathy and love.
Thinking of you all, Becky & Norm

Vicki Voils
   Posted Thu January 30, 2014
I was saddened to hear of your dad's passing; quite a life he lived. He's at peace now. May your fond memories ease your grief. With deepest sympathies, Vicki Voils

Larry Mattox
   Posted Thu January 30, 2014
Hello Becky:

Deanna and I just returned from being out of the country. We just learned of Melvin's passing a few minutes ago. Please be assured of our prayers for you and your family.

I will never forget the service Melvin provided for my Mom and Dad when they passed away. He touched many lives

I am sorry to learn of your physical struggles. Also be assured of our love
and prayers on your behalf.


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