Ray E. Dillard
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- Central Oregonian - Sports
E. Dillard was born Dec. 7, 1933 in Boise, Idaho to R. Leona Hannigan Dillard and Carl E. Dillard and passed away on September 19, 2012.
He was a man on the go and loved his sports: the faster the better. Ray joined the Navy at age 17 and was stationed in Alaska and South Carolina. He toured with the Sixth Fleet and was discharged as a Petty Officer Sonarman third class.
He left the Navy in 1954 and returned to Boise to attend Boise State where he married Dorothy J. Hamilton (later divorced). After completing his Associate's degree, Ray went on to work for Commercial Credit, GMAC, Pape' Tractor, Case Tractor, and White Stag. In 1976, he started his own business: Tracks and Wheels Co. He was an avid skier and a member of SVSC and Bergfruende. He married Jill Monley in 1986. Together they enjoyed many outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. His life passion was airplanes. He was a longtime pilot and built his own RV9A. Ray belonged to the EAA Chapter 617 of Prineville. Ray is survived by his wife, Jill, and his three children: Cindy Yeager (Gary), Michelle Dawkins (Chris), and Rob Dillard (Christie). He also leaves six grandchildren (Melinda, Brett, Stephanie, Joe, Emma, and Paige) and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother Jim Dillard and survived by his sisters Ilene Schmelzer and Norma Fenton, and brother Art Dillard. Of all the accomplishments in his life, he was most proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed forever.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Charles Foundation: Wendy's Wish in Memory of Ray Dillard, 2500 NE Neff Rd., Bend OR 97701 or to EAA Chapter 617, Young Eagles in Memory of Ray Dillard, 4399 Airport Way, Prineville, OR 97754.