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Arthur Dilley

Arthur William (Bill) Dilley, age 88, returned to his Lord on April 5, 2014 at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Walsenburg, Colorado. He was born in Canon City on June 27, 1925 to Carl and Ann Dilley. He grew up on the family cattle ranch and worked for his father and several local other ranchers in his youth. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1943 and joined the army in June 1944. After training as an infantry soldier, he deployed to Europe and entered combat as a part of the reinforcement troops with the 35th Division in the Battle of the Bulge. He remained in Europe with the Occupation Forces after the war ended. After his discharge from the army in June 1946, he returned to Canon City to work on ranches and to drive trucks for his uncle, John Dilley. On September 2, 1947, he married Laurine Freek. In November 1947, Bill and Laurine bought a ranch on the Phantom Canyon road near Victor, CO. From that time until 2000, they raised cattle on several, properties in Fremont and Teller Counties. In 2000, they sold their ranch in Garden Park near Canon City and bought a larger property near Ashby, Nebraska. Laurine died in November 2004. Bill continued to manage the ranch until 2010 when he sold the ranch in Nebraska. He remained in Ashby, with the support of generous neighbors, until January of this year. When they married, Bill told Laurine that he wanted to spend most of his days riding a horse and checking on cattle. He also spent a lot of time feeding, putting up hay, and helping his children and grandchildren grow up. He was especially concerned about the education available for the children from rural communities and served on school boards for 20 years, including two terms on the Canon City school board, starting when the schools in the county were consolidated. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canon City and active in the Cattlemen's Association and the Fremont Soil Conservation District. In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his son, Gary; his grandson, Matthew Mooers; two brothers, Bob and Jim; and his sister, Barbara Keathley. He is survived by his brother, Jerry Dilley of Denver; his daughters, Anne Thompson of Walsenburg, CO and Judy Mooers (Kevin) of Heathsville, VA; his sons, Mark Dilley of Canon City and Robert Dilley (Connie) of Fairview, OK; grandchildren, Lawrence and Michael Thompson of Pueblo, CO, David Thompson (Tegan) of Longmont, Jeff Mooers of Davenport, IA, Jami (Mike) Plucinski of Bristow, VA, Laura Ford (Denis) of Seattle, WA, Jim Vannoy and Andrew Dilley of Canon City, and Shakota and Chayton Dilley of Fairview, OK; and great-grandchildren Dean, Tarrie, and Jaxen Thompson of Pueblo and Kailey Plucinski, Austin Plucinski, and Ashlee Webb of Bristow, VA. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., prior to the Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel at 1449 S. 9th St., Canon City, CO. Interment will follow at Garden Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to Sangre De Cristo Hospice or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.wilsonfuneral home.org

Funeral Home

Wilson Funeral Home
1449 South 9th Street Canon City, CO 81212
(719) 275-3372

Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Apr. 9, 2014
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