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Olney Allen Dillinger

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Born 1920 -- Died 2006

Olney Allen Dillinger, son of Eliga and Bessie Sears Dillinger was born in 1920 and raised on their farm in Bexar, Ark.

He excelled in sports with baseball being his favorite. He married his sweetheart who became his devoted wife, Rheacene Jewell Bray in 1942.

He served four years during World War II in the U.S. Navy stationed in Hawaii. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, he and his wife moved to Bakersfield, Calif. to join his family in the grocery business at Sears Markets. During his career he worked in and owned markets in Bakersfield. He was a well-known butcher and his meat counter was his showcase. Customers drove for miles to purchase his specialty cut meats and most family members still use his famous meat seasoning.

Olney and Rheacene became members of St. Mark's Methodist Church in 1954. He participated in many church activities but he particularly enjoyed being a greeter on Sunday mornings.

He retired in 1982 and together they traveled the continental United States with their trailer in tow until the late 1990s. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and made many memorable trips to Montana with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Rheacene; three daughters and sons-in-law, Roger and Diana Wilson, Bill and Sharon Baker, and Russell and Debra Frank; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Jarid, Jon, Alison, Stephen, Ryan, Angelina, Seth and Michelle; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Ercille Scott, her sons, Dennis and Allen, and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Amanda Wilson.

His death came as a result of Alzheimer's disease and cancer this year.

Funeral services were held March 24 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Mark's Methodist Church or the local Alzheimer's Association.