Daryl “Barney” Paul Dillon, 94, Hampton, died March 17, 2020 at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. Private family services were held, with burial in the Hampton Cemetery. He had a good, long life.
Daryl was born Aug. 27, 1925 to Maurice and Francis Dillon. He graduated from Belmond High School in 1943. He was drafted into the United States Navy on Oct. 24, 1943 and served until May 1946. He was united in marriage to Mildred Wilson on Sept. 27, 1952. Daryl worked for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company until 1984, retiring after 31 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hampton for the majority of his life.
Daryl loved being with his family and was the ‘King of the Grill’ at family gatherings. He was an expert at making pancakes and loved sharing his talent with his grandchildren on Sundays after church. Daryl was an avid reader. He loved duck hunting and fishing, even crafting his own lures and sinkers in his basement workshop. He had a big sweet tooth and would hide his chocolate from everyone else. Daryl and Mildred enjoyed travelling when they weren’t at their summer home in Guttenberg. He was a true Irishman, enjoying a good joke and Crown Royal whiskey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mildred; brother Patrick; and sister Margaret.
Daryl is survived by his son Tim (Kathy) of Elkader; daughter Debbie McDonald of Connecticut; son Patrick (Dollie) of Hampton; brother Mike of Thornton; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In honor of Daryl, please consider contributing to food banks or non-profit organizations to help others during this difficult time.