Dr. Dale B. Jillson, DVM, 85 of Elgin, NE, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue, NE.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, NE with Reverend Michael Davis officiating. Interment will follow at West Cedar Valley Cemetery near Elgin with military rites by American Legion Post #229 and VFW Post #5816 of Elgin. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin, NE with a 7:30 p.m. Masonic Rites service by Diamond Lodge #291 A.M. and F.M.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice.
Dale Brice Jillson, son of Dr. Paul M. and Juanita (Bartlett) Jillson, was born August 9, 1927 at Elgin, NE. He attended Elgin Public High School, lettering in football and basketball, graduating with the class of 1945. He served his country in the Army Air Corps before attending college at University of Nebraska and graduating from Iowa State in 1953 with a degree in Veterinary Science.
Dale married Virginia Taylor on September 11, 1955 in Harlan, IA. After a few years living in Neligh, NE, they moved in 1961 to his home community of Elgin. He served his community as a veterinarian for 43 years before retiring in 1997. He considered himself a lifelong resident of Elgin.
In the early years he served as a school board member and assisted with community celebrations. He also contributed as a volunteer fire fighter and chaired the Ice Cream Social for many years. A member of the United Methodist Church, he served on various committees throughout the years. He was a longtime member of the Masonic Diamond Lodge #291 A.M. and F.M. He was an avid sports enthusiast following Elgin and Nebraska sports. Dale was a devoted husband and father.
He is survived by four daughters: Kathryn Jillson and husband Steve Cook of Strongsville, OH; Kristine Boyer and husband Ray of Salina, KS; Elizabeth Jillson-Clark and husband Roger of Lincoln, NE; Mary Jillson and husband James Heesacker of LaVista, NE; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; two brothers-in-law: K.D. Bennett of Elgin, NE and Dwight (Darlene) Taylor of St. Charles, MO; two sisters-in-law: Lucille Jillson of Lincoln, NE and Shari Jillson of Des Moines, IA; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; wife Virginia in 2004; three brothers: Ted, Paul and Gene; and one sister Jerrene Bennett.