John Wayne Dillon Naples, FL
John Wayne Dillon was born August 6, 1948 in Upper Darby PA. He gradu ated in 1966 from Catonsville High School in Upper Darby PA and joined the Air Force upon graduation. He served from 1966 to 1972 and during his service was in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. There he was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal in 1968. Upon his return to civilian life, he joined the Baltimore Police Force and served the city from 1970-1979. He received the honor of Outstanding Policeman of the Year in 1975. John was also a member of the Baltimore City Department Arson Squad in 1977. He then joined the Ocean City Maryland Police Force from 1979 to 1983, achieving the rank of Major. John also served in the National Guard receiving several commendations. His career continued in Automotive and Boat sales.
John served his country and fellow citizens well. He did it with caring compassion, not always 'by the book' but in a way that encouraged and inspired. He believed in freedom and justice for all. John loved adventure and travel and yet loved being at home and around his devoted wife Patty, his family, his birds and dogs. He had a passion for watching movies, building model boats and marksmanship. Despite his physical struggle with MS since 1987 and then cancer at the end of his life, John kept his sense of humor and remained determined to keep moving and share his survival stories with all who would listen. His stories were published in 2009 in a book entitled 'Have I told You About<$>'
John is survived by Patricia Dillon, whom he married in 2000; as well as his daughter, Lesley (Jeffrey) Miller of Arnold, MD; his son, Joseph Dillon of Baltimore MD; step-daughter, Tracy (Steve) Minyard, NC; granddaughters, Holly and Emma Miller; stepchildren, Asher, Betsy and Elijah; and his sister, Joan, who resides in Delaware.
Funeral Service will be held (TODAY) Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens.
John's final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Freedom Waters Foundation: (895 10th Street South, Suite 302-F, Naples, FL 34102).