Melvin Lee Dillinger, 73, of Norris City, passed away on 11:59 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Hamilton County Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro.
He was born on July 16, 1939, in Evansville, Ind., the son of Harry E. and Irene (Whisenhunt) Dillinger. Melvin married Ella Mae Jones on July 16, 1958. For 35 years he was an over-the-road trucker. Also, Melvin was a church member of the Plainview Church in Norris City. He enjoyed bluegrass country music, watching Westerns and sitting on his front porch drinking his coffee.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Ella Mae Dillinger of Norris City; five children, Curtis Dillinger of Carmi, Greg Dillinger of Carmi, Terry and Elizabeth Dillinger of Greenville, Ky., Cindy and Artie Huff of Brownsville, Rodney and Angie Dillinger of Norris City; two sisters, Betty and Joe Newman of Carmi and Lorene Pollard of Florence, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Amber and John Carroll, Craig Dillinger, Cassie and Jason Eaton, Cort and Alysia Huff, Katie Dillinger, Ashlee Nicholson, Siriah Dillinger, Kendra Dillinger, Wyatt Dillinger; three great grandchildren, Kaden Carroll, Jackson Eaton, and Aniyah Huff.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Dillinger.
Visitation for Melvin will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Omaha.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Josh Slater officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Cottonwood. Donations in Melvin’s memory may be made to the Plainview Church.
Internet condolences may be made at the website, www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com.