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Obituary: George Elby Dilling, 88

Former Nanty Glo postman, clergyman, was active contributor to Home Page, Forum

                              July 3, 2004

Nanty Glo Forum member Rich Dilling on Wednesday announced to the Forum the passing that morning, June 29, of his father, George Elby Dilling, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. A resident of Nanty Glo most of his life, he and his wife, Nora, had been residents of Plum Township, near Pittsburgh, in recent years.

Born March 7, 1916, in Windber, his family moved to Nanty Glo when George was 18 months old. He was a son of the late Chalmer and Lottie (Park) Dilling. His father had been a building contractor who put up many of Blacklick Valley's major edifices in the area's major development period. One of the best known buildings he'd built was the legendary Capitol Theater in Nanty Glo, which George recalled working on when he was age 11, in a letter to the Home Page.

The late Mr. Dilling served as a U.S. Army Medic in World War II and was a retired postal clerk for the Nanty Glo post office, and a retired minister of the Church of the Brethren, in which occupations he became familiar with, and known by, many if not most of the borough's residents of his and adjacent generations.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Dilling; a great-grandson, Benjamin Walker; a brother, Chalmer, and three sisters: Dorothy, Anna, and Catharine. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Nora R. (Lantzy) Dilling; son Richard Dilling of Ecru, Miss.; five daughters, Peggy Walker of Burr Ridge, Ill.; Donna Bozarth of Wichita, Kan.; Rosemary Stock and Lois Matvey, both of Plum; and Nancy O'Donnell of Orlando, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruby Keith of Indiana.

Services were held Friday at the Vaia Funeral Home in Delmont with his son, Pastor Richard Dilling, officiating. Interment was in the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Expressions of sympathy were recommended by the family in the form of memorials for George Dilling to Nanty Glo Church of the Brethren, 915 Caroline St., Nanty Glo, Pa. 15943.

A frequent contributor to both the permanent Nanty Glo Home Page Letters Forum and the interactive forum, Mr. Dilling was a favorite of Home Page visitors for his great store of memories from Blacklick Valley history. In later years, he was a member of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church and of the Plum Senior Citizen Group.

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                        Letter: George Dilling remembers 73 years in Nanty Glo, 1
                        Letter: George Dilling remembers 73 years in Nanty Glo, 2
                        Letter: George Dilling remembers 73 years in Nanty Glo, 3
                        Tribute by Frank Charney

Webmaster's Note: Additional tributes and recollections of Mr. Dilling are invited for this department.

The Nanty Glo Home Page expresses sincere sympathy to all
family members and friends of George Elby Dilling.

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