Rev. John Dillon, 92, ECC pastor

By on October 13, 2011

Rev. John A. Dillon, 92, of Ephrata, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at Stone Ridge Towne Centre, Myerstown.

He was born in Gouglersville to the late Harry and Anna (Brady) Dillon and was the husband of Harriet (Pearce) Dillon, to whom he shared 68 years of marriage.

John served as an Evangelical Congregational Church (ECC) pastor for over 33 years. He attended Kings College in Bel Mar, N.J., and Seminary College in Philadelphia. He was a 1966 graduate of the ECC Seminary School of Theology in Myerstown. Upon graduation from Seminary, John served congregations at Pleasantville, Pine Grove, Morgantown, Reading, Bethlehem and Terre Hill, from which he retired. Later he served the California Church near Morgantown for several years. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, Ephrata. He enjoyed photography, flowers, woodworking, hunting, singing, whistling and playing his harmonica as hobbies.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by a son: Robert H., husband of Lois (Kanock) Dillon, of Pine Grove; five grandchildren: Jackie Weaver, David Rutt, Ken Dillon, Lisa Sugalski and Amy Dillon; and six great- grandchildren: Brady and Camryn Weaver, Kyle, Tiana, Colby and Sabrina Dillon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Fay V. Rutt; two brothers: Leonard and Paul Dillon; and four sisters: Thelma Carlton, Ruth Wanner, Pearl Beiler and Dorothy Blimline.

Funeral services will be held on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, 131 Terrace Road, Ephrata, with Pastors Jeffrey Martin and Alfred W. Miller officiating. Interment will take place in the Mohn’s Hill Cemetery, Spring Twp.

Arrangements are being made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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