John BeDillon, 95, of Montezuma and formerly of Oskaloosa, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the Montezuma Nursing and Rehab. Center in Montezuma.
He was born Dec. 4, 1917, at Beacon, the son of Abraham Addison and Bridget Catherine Quirk BeDillon. He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1936. He served in the U.S. Navy, Army and National Guard during World War II. On April 28, 1944, he was united in marriage to Dollie Deubler at the Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Mo. Dollie died Sept. 8, 2009. John spent 44 years working for the railroad as a brakeman and conductor; first for the M & St. L. then Chicago & Northwest and last for Union Pacific, retiring from there in 1982. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Oskaloosa. He also attended the First Baptist Church in Oskaloosa. He was a 50-plus year member of the U.T.U., the Harry L. Anderson Post No. 34 of the American Legion, V.F.W. and the Eagles. He enjoyed gardening, being outdoors and going for walks. He was a member of the Oskaloosa Honor Guard for many years. John enjoyed keeping up with current events. He was also active within the Democratic Party.
He is survived by his four daughters, Zoe Ann (and Tom) Williams, of Muscatine, Linda Maureen (and Roger) Sneller, of Jefferson City, Mo., Mary Lou Petty, of Bullard, Texas, and Patricia Lee (and Richard) Silvers, of Eddyville; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and a sister Anna Faye BeDillon.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion and V.F.W. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Tuesday after 12 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-7 on Tuesday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Oskaloosa Honor Guard.