Gregory Michael Dill
August 12, 1949 – November 22, 2019
Gregory Michael Dill, of Dallas, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2019, following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1pm at the Church of St. Mary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the Monsignor Dennis Dorney officiating.
Mike was born in Williamsport, Indiana, to Velma and Lawrence Dill. He was a proud graduate of Wabash College, and earned an MBA from DePaul University. Following a move to Dallas with American Funds, Mike met Shelley Massad, and they were married in February 1985. They moved to Tulsa in 1986, where they resided for 32 years. Mike retired from American Funds after 25 years, and he remained active in the community serving on the boards of Wabash College, Tulsa Boys’ Home, Tulsa Catholic Diocesan Investment Committee, Bishop Kelley High School, and San Miguel School.
Mike established the Lawrence and Velma Dill Scholarship Fund and the Dill Summer Internship Fund at Wabash College, affording young men from farm communities and beyond the educational opportunities he was given. He was presented the Alumni Award of Merit from Wabash for his many contributions to the college. Mike and Shelley were inducted into the Bishop Kelley Hall of Fame in 2012, and Mike was recently honored as a lifetime board member of the Tulsa Boys’ Home. Mike was especially proud of the Dill Family Foundation, which was established as a vehicle for charitable giving, focusing on children and education.
Mike’s life was defined by his relationships; with God, with his beloved family, and with his many friends. If you were in his orbit, you felt special. Mike always saw the best in everyone and gave the same respect and attention to the busboy at his favorite restaurant as he did to the head of a major corporation. Mike Dill was genuinely interested in others and always sought ways that he could help fill a need in someone’s life. The public evidence of his generosity pales in comparison to the numerous private acts of charity that benefited so many. He was blessed in life and he wanted to share his many blessings with others. Mike believed that good stewardship is essential in life, and his own life demonstrated that belief.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Shelley, his daughters, Anne Dill Maitland (Ben) and Mary Dill Krow (AJ), brother, Mark Dill (Monica), granddaughters Amelia Margaret Maitland and Mariana Catherine Krow, sister-in-law Donna Naifeh (Jerry), brother-in-law, Kelly Massad (Laurene), brother-in-law, John Michael Massad, and beloved cousins, nephews, niece, and many friends.
Pallbearers include Christopher Naifeh, Matthew Naifeh, Kelly Joseph Massad, Raymond Massad, Gregory Naifeh, and Timothy Maitland.
Memorials may be made to Bishop Kelley High School, Tulsa; Church of St Mary, Tulsa; San Miguel School, Tulsa; Tulsa Boys’ Home; Wabash College; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; or the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Arrangements under the direction of Calvary Hill Funeral Home in Dallas.
Church of Saint Mary
1347 E 49th Pl
Gregory Michael Dill
December 3, 2019
Shelly and family it’s been many years since I had the privilege of being involved in the construction of your home in Tulsa but I have kept the memories of those days near and dear.
You and Mike were so wonderful to work for you made it my all time favorite project. I still drive by the house when I’m in crown point just to recall the memories.
I’m sure Mike had the same impact on many others that he had on me and will be greatly missed. May God bless you and your wonderful family.
December 2, 2019
Dear Dill Family:
I had the pleasure of meeting Mike several years ago as we embarked on the reconstruction of the Phi Delta Theta house at Wabash. Not to discount his guidance and wise counsel, the best part of knowing Mike was experiencing his commitment, care and concern expressed for the matter at hand. He was always genuine and a true gentleman!
I was very sad to learn of his passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.
I am glad that I had the chance to know Mike. I hope your Catholic faith is a source of strength at this time.
Bill Leppert '93
Laurie & Steve Reitman
December 1, 2019
Shelley, we are grateful to have known and loved you and Mike. We will always cherish the memories we had together and he inspired by your life of sharing, caring and selflessness. We are deeply disappointed we cannot attend Mikes services but that day is our annual fundraiser at our church for our missionaries. We are integral to the event, it requires months of planning and several days to set up. The good news is we raise well over $100,000 for our dozens of missionary partners. Our prayers are with you, the girls and your family. We are blessed to have the time together we did.
November 27, 2019
Mike Dill will be remembered as a valuable Trustee of Wabash College and a loyal alum for whom I had great respect and affection.
The Wabash family will miss him greatly. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.