Melvin E. Dilley Monday, September 26, 1927 - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Melvin E. Dilley died peacefully at Morrison House surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Zanesville, Ohio at the age of 89. Melvin was born on September 26, 1927 in Duncan Falls, Ohio. He graduated from Philo High School in 1945. He married Alma Montgomery June 10, 1950. Melvin worked as a truck driver for most of his career but his greatest joy was driving a school bus for the Starlight Program children. Melvin’s children remember him as a kind, creative and loving, great father. Melvin was accomplished at woodworking and often made his children and grandchildren keepsakes. He was a generous, witty and dedicated individual who loved his family and enjoyed camping with the Seneca Sam’s camping club and spending time with family and friends. He had a passion for tractors and western square dancing. He was an active and dedicated member of the Central Trinity United Methodist Church. Melvin is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alma Dilley; children, Sherie (Jim) Garrett, Teresa (John) Dunlap, Douglas (Patricia) Dilley and daughter in law Brenda (Tim) Maxhimer; sibling, Pauline (Clem) Pyles and grandchildren, Brian (Katie) Garrett, Jodi (Dirk) George, Heather Dunlap, Christina (Eric) McLean , J.D. (Julie) Dunlap, David (Ashley) Dilley, Tanner Dunlap, Amanda (Zachery) Goldsmith, Bradley (Amanda) Dilley and Brandon (Melissa) Dilley and twenty-one great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother and father (Paul and Fleeta McConaha Dilley) and deceased sons David Dilley and infant Darrell Lee. A viewing is scheduled for 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, May 25, 2017 at THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME, 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD, ZANESVILLE. The funeral will be held at 11AM, Friday May 26, 2017 in the Snouffer Chapel with Pastor’s Steve Judson and Tom England officiating. Burial to follow at Zanesville Memorial Park, A reception will be held at Central Trinity United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Melvin's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Morrison House at 713 Forest Ave, Zanesville Ohio 43701. The family would like to thank staff at the Oaks at Northpoint for their dedicated care of Melvin and the Morrison House staff for helping his final days pass in peace. To send a note of condolence to the family go to, find us on Facebook or call our caring staff at 740-450-8000.

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Prayers and Love to all. We will miss Mr. Dilley @ Happy Hour. May he rest in peace.

Jodi and Family, So sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing.  May your memories of him keep him close to your heart.

Love, Scott & Julie Ford

Sherie & Jim & family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

So sorry Alma, Sheri and family. Want you to kn you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I kn you will have lots of wonderful memories to hold near your heart. John and Deena Alford

So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and keeping you in prayer.

I am so sorry to read of the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Bonnie Monday volunteer.