Henry J. Dillon

Longtime resident of Elk Grove, Henry Jackson Dillon passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on June 7th with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Viola Maudine Dillon. He is survived by his children; Cindy Dillon of N. Highlands, Matt Dillon of Elk Grove, Len Dillon of Sacramento, and grandchildren, Karli and Adam Dillon.

Henry Jackson Dillon was born in Pocahontas, Virginia, on November 4th, 1923, to Ause and Rosa Dillon. His father was a coal miner and his mother a homemaker. Henry attended school, but dropped out prior to high school to work & help out his family, which was not uncommon in the 1930's. During 1940 he was at the Stanford Skating Rink in Beckley, West Virginia, when he met Viola his future wife and love of his life. He was a baker at this time.

Henry made several trips to California during the next few years to see his brother Jim, who was in the service. He liked the West and decided he had had enough of the cold so as soon as he could he would move to California. He married Maudine in Beckley, West Virginia on July 14, 1945. A year later they took a four-day Greyhound bus trip to California to start a new life. They settled in an apartment in downtown Sacramento. He found work as a baker in 1947 and was a member of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers International Union of America.

From 1946 to 1957 before their first child, Cindy, arrived they traveled, camped, fished, and even built a small boat together. Life was good for them on the West Coast. Two sons came along soon after; Matt in 1959, and Len in 1960.

After baking for some time, Henry found work in Sacramento at Libby's Cannery. He then moved to Vita-freeze, making popsicles which turned into a job at Crystal, making ice cream. He held his job at Crystal for 27 years until he retired in 1985. He lived in Sacramento for a little over 20 years and then moved to Elk Grove in 1969. He remained at his house on Colton Avenue for most of his life.

In the retirement years there were many trips to Reno; they loved to gamble, especially the penny-slots. Henry and Maudine were able to celebrate their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries with family and friends.

Henry very much enjoyed time helping Maudine babysit and watching his two grandchildren grow up. His hobbies included playing guitar, and watch collecting. Henry loved watching old western movies and TV shows, especially Roy Rodgers.

Henry was a kind, sweet, selfless man, a gentleman in every way. Henry was a loving husband, devoted to Maudine; a terrific father who happily raised his children; a welcoming father-in-law who made Julie and Debbie always feel loved like daughters; and a doting grandfather.

The family would like to thank the care and kindness provided by Seasons Hospice during the final days of his life. Henry was laid to rest at East Lawn in Elk Grove on June 14th.

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