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Plains Edition Obituaries for 3-12-11

Russel W. Dilley, 91 of Bridgeport, Neb., formerly of Gering, Neb., Johnstown and Windsor, Colo., died Feb. 22, 2011.

He was born May 25, 1919, to Ida Belle (Baysinger) and Joseph Dilley in Denver, Colo., and was the youngest of six children. He grew up on the plains of Eastern Colorado near Willard, Colo., graduating as Valedictorian of Willard High School in 1937. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

On Jan. 27, 1941, he married LaVone Smith in Sidney, Neb., and to this union four children were born Gilbert “Wayne,” Patricia, Darrel and David.

He farmed full time near Merino, Colo., until 1954, working part time with Great Western Sugar Co. in Sterling. In 1954 working full time at Johnstown. He retired in 1995. He was a Chief Chemist at the Windsor, Bayard, Gering, Scottsbluff and Johnstown Factories. Prided that the factories he served were awarded the coveted “Pennant Award” while under his watch, especially with the Gering factory receiving the top award 5 years in a row. He always remained a part-time wheat farmer.

He earned his Private Pilots License at the age of 65. He qualified and competed in the World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament in 1963.

He was a member of Bridgeport Church of Christ. He was active in the Gering Organized Baseball, serving as a team coach and as President of the organization. Was instrumental in getting GO Baseball affiliated with Babe Ruth Baseball, serving as President of the Nebraska Babe Ruth Assoc. He was inducted in the Nebraska Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was an Associate Scout for the major league baseball teams, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves for 35 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Scottsbluff YMCA.

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Survivors include his children, Pat (LeRoy) Matticks of Bridgeport, Darrrel (Deborah) Dilley of LaSalle, Colo., and David (Leigh Ann) Dilley of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Eileen Rutten of Greeley, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Ethel Dilley of Brush, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVone in 2004; son, Wayne; brothers, Wade, Joe and Jim and sisters, Madge and Meg.

Russel W. Dilley, 91 of Bridgeport, Neb., formerly of Gering, Neb., Johnstown and Windsor, Colo., died Feb. 22, 2011.

He was born May 25, 1919, to Ida Belle (Baysinger) and Joseph Dilley in Denver, Colo., and was the youngest of six children. He grew up on the plains of Eastern Colorado near Willard, Colo., graduating as Valedictorian of Willard High School in 1937. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

On Jan. 27, 1941, he married LaVone Smith in Sidney, Neb., and to this union four children were born Gilbert “Wayne,” Patricia, Darrel and David.

He farmed full time near Merino, Colo., until 1954, working part time with Great Western Sugar Co. in Sterling. In 1954 working full time at Johnstown. He retired in 1995. He was a Chief Chemist at the Windsor, Bayard, Gering, Scottsbluff and Johnstown Factories. Prided that the factories he served were awarded the coveted “Pennant Award” while under his watch, especially with the Gering factory receiving the top award 5 years in a row. He always remained a part-time wheat farmer.

He earned his Private Pilots License at the age of 65. He qualified and competed in the World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament in 1963.

He was a member of Bridgeport Church of Christ. He was active in the Gering Organized Baseball, serving as a team coach and as President of the organization. Was instrumental in getting GO Baseball affiliated with Babe Ruth Baseball, serving as President of the Nebraska Babe Ruth Assoc. He was inducted in the Nebraska Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was an Associate Scout for the major league baseball teams, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves for 35 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Scottsbluff YMCA.

Survivors include his children, Pat (LeRoy) Matticks of Bridgeport, Darrrel (Deborah) Dilley of LaSalle, Colo., and David (Leigh Ann) Dilley of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Eileen Rutten of Greeley, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Ethel Dilley of Brush, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVone in 2004; son, Wayne; brothers, Wade, Joe and Jim and sisters, Madge and Meg.

Russel W. Dilley, 91 of Bridgeport, Neb., formerly of Gering, Neb., Johnstown and Windsor, Colo., died Feb. 22, 2011.

He was born May 25, 1919, to Ida Belle (Baysinger) and Joseph Dilley in Denver, Colo., and was the youngest of six children. He grew up on the plains of Eastern Colorado near Willard, Colo., graduating as Valedictorian of Willard High School in 1937. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

On Jan. 27, 1941, he married LaVone Smith in Sidney, Neb., and to this union four children were born Gilbert “Wayne,” Patricia, Darrel and David.

He farmed full time near Merino, Colo., until 1954, working part time with Great Western Sugar Co. in Sterling. In 1954 working full time at Johnstown. He retired in 1995. He was a Chief Chemist at the Windsor, Bayard, Gering, Scottsbluff and Johnstown Factories. Prided that the factories he served were awarded the coveted “Pennant Award” while under his watch, especially with the Gering factory receiving the top award 5 years in a row. He always remained a part-time wheat farmer.

He earned his Private Pilots License at the age of 65. He qualified and competed in the World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament in 1963.

He was a member of Bridgeport Church of Christ. He was active in the Gering Organized Baseball, serving as a team coach and as President of the organization. Was instrumental in getting GO Baseball affiliated with Babe Ruth Baseball, serving as President of the Nebraska Babe Ruth Assoc. He was inducted in the Nebraska Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was an Associate Scout for the major league baseball teams, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves for 35 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Scottsbluff YMCA.

Survivors include his children, Pat (LeRoy) Matticks of Bridgeport, Darrrel (Deborah) Dilley of LaSalle, Colo., and David (Leigh Ann) Dilley of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Eileen Rutten of Greeley, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Ethel Dilley of Brush, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVone in 2004; son, Wayne; brothers, Wade, Joe and Jim and sisters, Madge and Meg.

Russel W. Dilley, 91 of Bridgeport, Neb., formerly of Gering, Neb., Johnstown and Windsor, Colo., died Feb. 22, 2011.

He was born May 25, 1919, to Ida Belle (Baysinger) and Joseph Dilley in Denver, Colo., and was the youngest of six children. He grew up on the plains of Eastern Colorado near Willard, Colo., graduating as Valedictorian of Willard High School in 1937. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

On Jan. 27, 1941, he married LaVone Smith in Sidney, Neb., and to this union four children were born Gilbert “Wayne,” Patricia, Darrel and David.

He farmed full time near Merino, Colo., until 1954, working part time with Great Western Sugar Co. in Sterling. In 1954 working full time at Johnstown. He retired in 1995. He was a Chief Chemist at the Windsor, Bayard, Gering, Scottsbluff and Johnstown Factories. Prided that the factories he served were awarded the coveted “Pennant Award” while under his watch, especially with the Gering factory receiving the top award 5 years in a row. He always remained a part-time wheat farmer.

He earned his Private Pilots License at the age of 65. He qualified and competed in the World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament in 1963.

He was a member of Bridgeport Church of Christ. He was active in the Gering Organized Baseball, serving as a team coach and as President of the organization. Was instrumental in getting GO Baseball affiliated with Babe Ruth Baseball, serving as President of the Nebraska Babe Ruth Assoc. He was inducted in the Nebraska Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He was an Associate Scout for the major league baseball teams, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves for 35 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Scottsbluff YMCA.

Survivors include his children, Pat (LeRoy) Matticks of Bridgeport, Darrrel (Deborah) Dilley of LaSalle, Colo., and David (Leigh Ann) Dilley of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Eileen Rutten of Greeley, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Ethel Dilley of Brush, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVone in 2004; son, Wayne; brothers, Wade, Joe and Jim and sisters, Madge and Meg.