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2 of 8 | Posted by: Ellie Zahradnicek - Long Pine, NE

“Jack you were a wonderful brother. I have many good memories of you that I will cherish forever. I know you are at rest in arms of Jesus. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Milinda Dillon Turpin - Newport, NE

“Jack I love you and will miss you a lot.You were the best brother in the world .I Love You ,Your sister Bobbi ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Bobbi - Bassett, NE - Sister

“We love you grandpa and will see you again someday. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: David & Mary Peabody - gregory, SD

“Just want you all to know how very sorry we are for your loss. Jack was such a neat person. Treasure all your memories, they will help you get...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Vicki Ferguson - Springview, NE

“Debby and Family, Your dad was a very special man, and I really liked him! I praise God that he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, but my heart...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Kathy Weddel - Springview, NE

“Oh my heart aches for your family, what a wonderful unique man and I'm so proud I was given the chance to get to know him. I'm thankful he no longer...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Brenda Lane - Sioux Falls, SD

Clayton "Jack" Dillon, 78, passed away July 8, 2013, surrounded by the love of his family.

Jack was born in Meadville, NE son of the late Jonas and Ortha (Rix) Dillon, the first of 10 children.

Jack attended school in Brown and Keya Paha counties.

He joined the U.S. Army May 25, 1954, at age 18. He was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., then served in Germany where he was a tank driver with the Company C, 826th Tank Battalion. He was discharged March 25, 1957, with the rank of Private First Class.

Jack married Edna Babe Zahradnicek May 17, 1958, and was father to four children.

Jack worked many jobs throughout his life. He was a lineman, a building construction worker and worked at the service station and Co-op in Springview for 17 years, where he kept fields fertilized and weeds at bay. When out for a drive, he could remember each job in detail.

Jack enjoyed casting a fishing line onto the Niobrara River, and he was usually the one to bring home a catch when nothing nibbled anyone else's line.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them to play cribbage when they were little, then winning with lucky hands of 15-2s and 15-4s. He used to say that he never took the time to look at the little things, like a bird perched in a tree, but as he and Edna grew older, they spent many a summer evening sitting on their glider listening to the birds' songs.

Jack enjoyed working on the farm, even if it meant baling in the heat of the summer or cutting a hole through the creek ice in winter. He raised cows and named them all, calling their names at feeding time. He loved his dogs, his faithful companions that stayed by his side.

Jack liked to have February picnics when cutting wood. He'd build a fire and the kids would huddle around, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs with baked beans made by his wife. That's a tradition that's been carried on even when grandchildren came along.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jonas and Ortha (Rix) Dillon; his wife of 49 years, Edna Babe (Zahradnicek) Dillon; son, David Wade Dillon; brother, Larry Dillon; sisters, Marcella Bartlett, Frankie Hulshizer; and granddaughter, Megan Dillon.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory one son, Clayton Dillon and wife Tina of Rapid City, S.D.; two daughters, Lesa Atteberry and husband Tommy of Gregory, S.D., and Debby Millard and husband Ken of Springview, Neb.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two more on the way.

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Funeral services for Jack Dillon were held Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Community Church in Springview, NE with Pastor Sam Courts officiating and Pastor Scott McClellen assisting. A prayer service was held Wednesday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory.

Music was provided by Sam & Mary Courts singing "I'll Fly Away" accompanied by Mary Courts, pianist. Congregation hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "Shall We Gather at the River."

Janet Ferguson was in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Cody Atteberry, Austin Atteberry, Josh Millard, Scott Kossert, Matt Memrick, and Russ Grim.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Jerry Dillon, Joney Dillon, Vonald Bartlett, Joe Dillon, and Dustin Gaskins.

Interment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Springview, NE. Military honors were given by the Springview American Legion.