Michael Leon Dilligard

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CANTON, Mo. – Michael Leon Dilligard, 58, of Canton, died Saturday (July 26, 2014) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.

He was born March 11, 1956, in Charleston, S.C., the son of Edward and Vivian Michael Dilligard. He married Donna J. Clay on Aug. 21, 1982, in LaBelle. She died Nov. 9, 2013. Michael was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Dorothy Singleton.

Michael was raised in Charleston, where he lived with eight brothers and sisters and graduated from high school. After 18 years he left to go to Moberly Area Junior College where he met Donna Clay, who soon became Donna Dilligard.

Michael was employed with Ameren Electric for 36 years. He loved basketball, coaching, traveling, hanging with family and friends and most of all helping anyone that he could.

He will be missed by a lot of people whose heart he touched but will never be forgotten.

Surviving are two sons, Marcus Leon Dilligard and wife, Kristin, and their son Aziah Kaylon Dilligard of Charlotte, N.C., and Gregory Eugene Dilligard of Canton; two daughters, Phylicia Nicole Manley of Quincy, and Tamara Novel and Kevin of Kansas City, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Zonia Clay of LaBelle; five brothers, Leonard Dilligard and wife, Naomi, of Richmond, Va., Earl and Kenneth Dilligard of Charleston, Edward Dilligard Jr. and wife, Linda, of Philadelphia, Pa., Dan Simmons and wife, Brenda, of Canton; three sisters, Renee Dilligard of Richmond, Lois and Vivian Dilligard of Charleston; one brother-in-law, Robert Kyle Clay and wife, Elizabeth, of LaBelle; one sister-in-law, Patricia Sanchez and husband, Adalberto, of Hollywood, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium at Culver-Stockton College in Canton. Pastor James Salter will officiate the services. Burial will be in the LaBelle Cemetery.

VISITATION: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle.

MEMORIALS: To the family. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.

ARRANGEMENTS: Coder Funeral Home, LaBelle.

WEBSITE: www.hudsonrimerfh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
Funeral Home
Coder Funeral Chapel - LaBelle
104 North Main St.  Labelle, MO 63447
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2014
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