Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 29, 2008
OBITUARY - ELDON GUY DILLENBURG
Eldon Guy DILLENBURG, 85, of Mount Ayr, IA formerly of Benton, IA, passed away May 22, 2008 at the Ringgold County
Hospital. He was born October 7, 1922 on the family farm two miles north of Benton to Harriet May (EVANS) & Peter
Guy DILLENBURG. He attended the Benton school graduating in 1940.
On August 25, 1945, he was united in marriage to Retha Lourene MAY. They were blessed with 62 years together. To
this union were born a daughter Harriet Faye and a son Eldon Eugene.
They lived on a farm just a little over a mile east of his folks. He farmed with his dad till the fall of 1969 when
his folks moved to Mount Ayr. Then Eldon and Retha, along with son Eugene, moved over to the home place.
Eldon drove a school bus for Mount Ayr Community School for a few years then, in later years after they moved to town,
he worked at the bus barn for a couple of years under the Green Thumb program. Eldon was president of the Benton
School Board until the high school was moved to Mount Ayr. He was the township trustee until moving to Mount Ayr 12 years
ago. He gave his life to Christ in the 50’s at the United Methodist Church in Benton, later to the Mount Ayr Free
Methodist Church where he was the superintendent for many years. He was on the official board till his death. He was
a Farm Bureau member for over 50 years and a faithful member of the board till about a year before his death.
going to the Iowa State Fair and camping beside his family for the entire fair for 20 years. He enjoyed working for
the State Fair for 15 years parking cars by Grandfather’s Farm. For two years they owned and operated the Red Carpet
Diner on the east side of Mount Ayr. He worked at DUGAN’s Conoco for few years till it closed. Eldon enjoyed going to
coffee every morning and afternoon at the sale barn till it closed. Later, due to health reasons, it was just in the
afternoons only but he never wanted to miss being with the coffee club at Breadeaux and then later at Peggy Sue’s.
He liked being around people and socializing with them. He loved being with his family. Spending time with his
grandchildren and great grandchildren always put a smile on his face.
Eldon is survived by his faithful and loving wife, Retha; daughter Faye (husband Bill) STULL, son Eugene (wife Judy)
DILLENBURG, all of Mount Ayr; one sister Jean BAUER of Orient, IA; brother-in-law John (wife Carol) MAY of Mount Ayr;
sister-in-law Bonnie (husband Gerald) SUMMA of Mount Ayr; sister-in-law Pearl MAY of Tingley; five grandchildren ReNell
(Wayne) ROYBAL, Amy (Mark) ROYBAL, Daniel STULL, Lisa (Bob) SAXTON and Teresa HUFFMAN; nine great-grandchildren,
CIPRIANNA & Alena ROYBAL, Laura ROYBAL, Brandon & Aaron SAXTON, Mackenize, Levi, K.C. and Noah HUFFMAN; several nieces,
nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; brothers-in-law Calvin BAUER and Carl MAY.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at
10:30 a.m. at the Free Methodist Church, Mount Ayr, Iowa, with Rev. Charles WEIMAN officiating. Musicians were Faith
SHINKLE, Carol Ann McCREARY and Barb BELZER. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Casket bearers were Daniel STULL, Ron BAUER, Mark ROYBAL, David MAY, Dennis HUNTSMAN and Eric SUMMA.
were Wayne ROYBAL and Johnny CARR.
Eldon was laid at rest in the Benton Cemetery in Benton, Iowa.
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