Allen Eugene "Al" Dile, age 82, of Lake of the Ozarks, and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, died Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 11:30 am in his home.
Al was born September 29, 1938 in St. Louis, MO the son of Eugene E. and Vera Eudene Massey Dile.
Al attended Blair Elementary School and Central High School in St. Louis, MO, from where he graduated in 1956. After graduation, he worked at Bussmann Fuse Company and at the Bank of St. Louis. After a short time in the Army Reserve, Al became a draftsman for Patent Scaffolding Company, where he had the privilege of working on various jobs in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. He then joined the St. Louis Post Dispatch where he was employed for 34 years. While he was there, he was the Union Chapel Chairman before retiring in 2000.
Al was married to Mary Morton in 1962, and they had three children. They were later divorced, and Al married Connie Krietmeyer in 1987. She died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1990.
Al loved spending time at Lake of the Ozarks, and he vacationed there many summers with his family. After retirement, he purchased a house there and made Lake Ozark, MO his primary residence. Al was a member of the Chamber Active Volunteers in Lake Ozark. He met the love of his life and significant other, Sandra "Sandy" Hoots at a CAV meeting on September 11, 2001, also known as Patriot Day. They had been together for 20 years.
Al's favorite holiday was Christmas, and he loved to decorate the tree and house. He had a collection of Santas and snowmen that he used to display around the house. For several years, he even put up an extra tree decorated with pet ornaments for the dog and cat. He also decorated the outside with lights and a holiday flag. Al and Sandy baked a lot of Christmas cookies, some of which were mailed to their grandsons serving in the United States Air Force in Qatar and Iraq.
Survivors include Al's love of his life and significant other, Sandra Hoots of Quincy, IL; two daughters: Tammy Dile Preiss and Tracey Dile McColley; three step daughters: Andrea Krietmeyer of Atlanta, GA; Kimberly (Billy) Meyer of Mendon, IL; and Dawn (Tony) Guthrie of Tioga, IL; a brother-in-law, Joe Moreno; three nieces and nephews, Mark (Shyla) Moreno, Gina (Philip) Moreno Sholtis, and Jeff (Amy) Moreno; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cousins; his beloved pets, Maggie and Jax.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Judy Dile Mareno.
Services: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Walt Wilcoxson officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Saturday September 18, 2021 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to Quincy Humane Society or Blessing Foundation for Hospice. Memorial Donations may be made online at https://memorials.hansenspear.com
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.