A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Glenns Ferry VF. Hall. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Lew was born March 1, 1936, in Springview, Neb., to Jacob and Irene Dillon.
After high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He remained loyal to the Corps after his discharge: "Once a Marine always a Marine."
His first marriage blessed him with two daughters, Robin and Wendy.
He moved to Idaho in 1979, where he met Billie and they were later married in 1980. They combined their families and enjoyed 30 years together.
In 1991 they purchased a home in Glenns Ferry and retired there in 2001.
Lew worked construction on power line projects from New York to California.
He and Billie also worked fiber optic and highway projects across the country. His last job was for Power Engineers in 2007, six years after his "retirement."
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #4636 and was post chaplain in 2010. He was Three Island Senior Center President from 1999 to 2001 and again in 2009 until his death.
His love of this community was evident in the number of volunteer hours spent in the school reader program, Meals on Wheels, AARP's Lewis and Clark Project, blood bank, the local food pantry, U.S. Census 2010, Santa and any project of the VFW.
His real joy was family, fishing, fun, golf and always his friends.
His will be missed by all of us left behind who knew and loved him.
Lew is survived by his wife, Billie, of Glenns Ferry, daughter Wendy Dillon, of Sulfur Spring, Texas, step-daughters Vada of Camas, Wash., Vickie (Charlie) of Middleton, Valorie (William) of Bridgeport, W. Va., step-son Brian of Meridian, sister Cora Boldt of Glenns Ferry, sister Ora Meyers of Gregory, S.D., and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Lew was preceded in death by his father, Jacob, his mother, Irene, his brother, Ron, a sister, Willa, and his daughter, Robin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Lew¹s name to the Three Island Senior Center, P.O. Box 263, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623.