Vail Daily obituary: Richard ‘Dick’ Dilling, 1940-2015
If you lived in Vail from 1970-1990 then chances are you knew Dick Dilling (owner of the West Vail Texaco, now the West Vail Shell owned by his son, Rick Dilling)
Dick was born Sept. 5, 1940, to Woodrow and Grace Dilling, in Idaville, Indiana. Growing up, he loved playing sports and was especially passionate about basketball.
At the age of 18, Dick married the love of his life, Iris. Together, they had two children: Cynthia and Rick. Dick maintained his love of sports throughout his life. This included coaching Little League. In 1973, Dick and his family moved to Colorado, where he acted as owner-operator of the West Vail Texaco for 30 years. They bought their home in Palisade in 1986, where Dick passed away on July 13.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, daughter and his sister, Betty Voss. He is survived by his wife, Iris Dilling; son, Rick Dilling; and four grandchildren, Tangi Stock and her husband, Amador; Tacia Tullio and her husband, Travis; Wyatt Dilling; and Jacob Dilling; as well as three great-grandchildren, Hunter Thompson, Hannah Thompson and Kenzley Stock, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dick’s pride and joy was his family. He loved being with all of “his kids” and spoiling them all rotten! He will be loved and his memory will be cherished by all those whom were blessed to share his life with him. Arrangements were entrusted to Palisade Funeral Home, of Palisade.
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“Rest peacefully, Papa.”