September 26, 1953 - August 22, 2013 NICOMA PARK Samuel Ellis Dilbeck was born Sept. 26, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas to John Lloyd Dilbeck and Wanda Evelyn Parker. When Sammy was six months old the family moved back to Oklahoma to the Jones-Choctaw area. Sammy attended grade school at State Center and graduated in 1971 from Jones High School. He was proud to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War, where he was stationed in Thailand. He came home to the hospital at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas and spent the next few months there. He was discharged at the rank of Staff Sargent in 1974 and spent the next 40 years in the care of the VA Medical Center in OKC. Sam passed away at home on August 22, 2013 at the age of 59. He was preceded in death by all four grandparents, his father, and two tiny brothers. Survivors include his mother; son, Jeffrey and wife, Sky of Moore, OK; son, Sammy and wife, Julie of Corsicana, Texas; grandsons, Max, Jones, Jason, and David; granddaughters, Landry and Campbell; brothers, Steven and wife, Pam of Macomb, OK, Scott and wife, Kathy of Choctaw, OK; his sister, Susan Henderson and her husband, Steve of Nicoma Park, OK; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Susie and Steve were his caregivers since 1989, and were helped by Hospice of OKC the past year. Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church of Jones, OK on Saturday, August 31st, at 10:00am. Funeral arrangements are by Bill Eisenhour Northeast Funeral Home.
Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 28, 2013