Roy Dillow

Thursday, August 17, 2006

ANNA, Ill. -- Roy G. "Rastus" Dillow, 89, of Anna died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

He was born March 8, 1917, in Anna, son of Ira and Eva Dillow. He and Dorothy Elam were married May 28, 1939, in Cape Girardeau; she died May 26, 2005.

Dillow served as Union County sheriff in the 1950s, and operated a bread and pastry business in Anna. He also operated a service station, and later was retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections as a youth counselor.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Dillow was a member and past trustee of the First Baptist Church of Anna. He was a 50-year member of the Anna Masonic Lodge 520 AF&AM, and a life member of VFW Post 3455 in Anna. He was also a member of the Illinois Sheriff Association and the Union County Merit Board.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Jean Murchison of Natchitoches, La.; a son, Kip G. Dillow of Cobden, Ill.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, and from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Anna. A Masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Roy Hill officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery, with full military honors by VFW Post 3455.