CAPE GIRARDEAU - Richard Dillender, 77, formerly of Sikeston, died at 11:34 p.m. July 8, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
Born July 24, 1926, in Sikeston, son of the late Sam and Emily Porchie Dillender, he was a lifelong resident of Sikeston before moving to Cape Girardeau and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He began working for C.B. Poage and Sons Sheet Metal Company in the early 1950s and purchased the firm in the mid-1970s, which he operated until 1981. He was a member of American Legion Post 114 in Sikeston.
On Sept. 11, 1947, in Corinth, Miss., he married Joyce Elizabeth Sadler who preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 1992.
Survivors include: three sons, John R. Dillender of Thousand Oaks, Calif., David D. Dillender of Sikeston and Kevin R. Dillender of Cape Girardeau; four daughters, Lana J. Dillender of Panama City, Fla., Nancy J. Reiman and Cindy Dillender of Sikeston and Sue Noles of Bell City; two brothers, Louis Dillender of St. Louis and Frank Dillender of Fredericktown; two sisters, Lola Cardin of Cape Girardeau and Audrey Goddard of St. Louis; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Four brothers also preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jim Matthews, pastor of the Cape County Cowboy Church, will officiate.
The Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard will conduct rites at the Old Morley Cemetery.