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Barry E. Dilling, Sr., age 77, of Smyrna, Delaware passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Delaware.
Mr. Dilling was born on August 9, 1940 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Ira and Doris Dilling.
He served his country with honor in the United States Army and Army National Guard.
He worked for Hoober Equipment Company of Middletown, Delaware and Colonial Motors of Smyrna, Delaware for many years.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 14 of Smyrna, and the Middletown and Smyrna Moose Lodges. Barry was also a lifetime member of the Smyrna-Clayton Little League, where he spent many years devoting his time to the youth of the Smyrna-Clayton community. He was very dedicated to his responsibilities within the league.
Throughout his life, Barry enjoyed supporting his children in all their endeavors. He was an avid bowler, spending many evenings bowling with his wife, and even scoring an almost perfect 299. One of his greatest enjoyments was coaching the hundreds and hundreds of kids that came through the Smyrna-Clayton Little League. He spent many Sunday’s rooting for his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his late wife, Margaret Lillian Dilling; and his brother, Donald Dilling.
He is survived by his daughters, Debby Chain and her husband Jonathan of Talladega, Alabama and Trishia Smith and her husband Jason of Smyrna, Delaware; his son, Barry E. Dilling, Jr. and his wife Bilonna of Smyrna, Delaware; six grandchildren, Ashlea and Katelyn Morris, Brittany and JJ Smith, and Arielle and Gabrielle Dilling; and his brother, Bill Dilling of Crumpton, Maryland.
A visitation will be offered on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 South Main Street in Smyrna. Memorial services will begin at 2:30 pm.
A private burial will be held for his immediate family on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry’s memory may be made to the Smyrna-Clayton Little League, P.O. Box 114, Clayton, DE 19938.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.