Charles LeRoy Dillin (1919 - 2018)

  • "May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of..."
    - Isaiah 61:1
  • "One of the finest men I have had the privilege to stand..."
    - Kirk Viestenz

Charles Leroy Dillin passed away peacefully on October 16, 2018 at the age of 99, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 11, 1919 in Cowles, Nebraska to William and Winnie (Morrow) Dillin. Charles was inducted into the armed services on August 5, 1941. He was sent overseas on March 17, 1942 and assigned to the 391st Engineer Depot Company as a Crane Operator and Rifle Marksman. He spent his service years in New Zealand, New Caldonia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Milne Bay New Guinea and the Philippines. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 bronze stars and a Good Conduct Medal American Defense Service Ribbon before being honorably discharged on June 16, 1945.

On June 24, 1945 Charles married Geraldine L. Kading. They farmed in Iowa until they moved to Oregon in 1962 where Charles worked in the construction trades as a carpenter and foreman on custom-built homes and commercial buildings, and building their first family home in Eugene. After retiring in 1981 he continued to use his trade to build furniture and flag cases for family and friends. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golf.

Charles is survived by his loving wife Geraldine of 73 years, sons Roger Dillin (Karen) of Springfield, OR, Philip Dillin (Tracy) of Cottage Grove, OR, and daughter Julie Clark (Ken) of Bellevue, WA; 6 grandchildren, Konne Viestenz, Lori Perry (Shaun), Lisa Eichner (Jeremy), Tanya Blaser (Brian), Austin Clark (Beth), Courtney Clark Chambers (Ryan); 12 great-grandchildren Heather, Kristina, Summer, Mackenzie, Madison, Rylie, Dillin, Jakobe, Halle, Whitely, Charlotte, James; 1 great-great-grandchild, Ari Silva, and his brother William "Bill" Dillin, Jr. of Springfield, OR. He will be missed dearly by his family and many other relatives not only for the honorable person that he was, but also as the family historian. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, daughter Sandra Viestenz, and grandson Kreg Charles Viestenz.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Camp Creek Church, Springfield, OR, followed by a time of sharing and refreshments at Camp Creek Church, Fellowship Hall, 37529 Upper Camp Creek Road, Springfield, OR.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Creek Church, Springfield, OR, or Signature Hospice-Eugene.

Services in care of Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Visit to sign the online guest book.

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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Nov. 4, 2018
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