David Oliver Dilbeck
Mr. David Oliver Dilbeck, 78, of Clovis, retired from the Santa Fe Railroad, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1925, in Watumka, Okla., to James and Mary Dilbeck.
He married Lena J. Taylor on Jan. 27, 1947, in Tucumcari. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was of the Baptist faith. Family members said he enjoyed and took great pride when sharing and giving his love for the great outdoors to, not only his own children and grandchildren, but nieces, nephews and friends of the family. His teachings and influence touched the lives of many who still treasure the gift he gave them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald; two daughters, Sheila Jane and Shirley; two sisters, Una Huggins and Mary Johnson; and a brother, Bruce Dilbeck.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, David Dilbeck (and wife, Linda) of Houston and Wayne Dilbeck of Clovis; three daughters, Becky Gear (Danny) and Jan Riley (Danny), all of Clovis and Karen Buchtel (Hugh) of Hoyt, Kan.; a brother, James Dilbeck (Ruby) of Kilgore, Texas; a sister-in-law, Charlene Dilbeck of Bakersfield, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
Burial will be at Grady Cemetery with military honors by the U. S. Navy and New Mexico Army National Guard.
Pallbearers are the grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers are all his friends and coworkers at AT&SF.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.