SPRINGFIELD - Walter Kinnard "Kin" Dillon, 82, formerly of Morehouse and Cape Girardeau, died Dec. 4, 2002, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield.
Born Aug. 17, 1920, in Morehouse, son of William H. and Melissa B. Kinnard Dillon, he attended Morehouse Grade School, Sikeston High School, Southeast Missouri State University and Parks Air College. He served in the 8th and 9th Air Forces in England and Germany during World War II and had attained the rank of base sergeant major. Dillon served with the 10th Air Force during the Korean War. An active Republican, he was the party's nominee for Congress for the 10th Congressional District in 1946 and 1948. He operated the Dillon Theatre and Dillon Insurance Agency in Morehouse. Dillon relocated to Cape Girardeau, where he was an independent insurance adjuster for many years. He became managing officer of Cape Carriage Company and Cape Motor Company and then became an insurance claims consultant for Cameron Insurance Company, from where he retired.
A member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, he was a long time member of the SEMO Regional Port Authority Board of Directors in Scott City, for which he was chairman in 1997 and 1998 and was also a member of Sikeston Lodge 310 AF&AM Scottish Rite, Capaha Scottish Rite, Moolah Shrine Temple and the Cape Shrine Club.
On July 5, 1952, he married Dorothy Faust Jones who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Michael A. and Gloria Jones of Springfield; one son, Stephen R. Jones of Florissant; one sister, Frankie Mae Woods of Merced, Calif.; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Douglas Hammock of Morehouse; a sister-in-law, Juanita Dillon of Morehouse, and three grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Matt and Beverly Jones of Lees Summit, Brett Jones of Kansas City and Scott Jones of St. Louis.
Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Centenary United Methodist Church with Dr. Clayton Smith, officiating.
Burial followed in Cape County Memorial Park.
Members of the Cape Shrine Club served as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
St. Louis Shriners Hospital 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, Mo. 63131-3597
Centenary United Methodist Church 3001 N. Ellis St. Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701