Doyle Matthew Dillard
February 5, 1921 – November 28, 2011
DOYLE DILLARD Doyle Matthew Dillard, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away Nov. 28, 2011. He was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Ridgeway, Ill., and was a 65-year resident of Nevada. Doyle Dillard grew up on a family farm in Ridgeway, with his parents Aaron and Carrie Dillard. He was the fourth of five boys. At age 21, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a petty officer, second class aboard the USS Wichita until an honorable discharge in 1946. In a downtown Las Vegas chapel Sept. 11, 1943, he married Mary Richardson. They welcomed their only child, son, Thomas Doyle Dillard in 1946. Dillard owned and operated Ben's Key Shop in Las Vegas for 25 years. He retired at age 50 dedicating his time to his family and helping his grandchildren and great-grandchildren attend college. His greatest qualities is his love and generosity to others. He was preceded in death by his father, Aaron Dillard (1967); mother, Carrie Duty (1948); and siblings, Wayne, Harold, Blan and Charles. Doyle is survived by his son, Thomas Doyle Dillard (DelRae); grandchildren, Tom Dillard (Tonya), Aliesha Dillard-Goodwin (Ron), Tim Dillard (MaryAnn), Audra Dillard and Amanda Dillard; great-grandchildren, Ronnie (20), Seth (18), Ryan (16), Sabrina (15), Ashley (15), Caleb (11), Luke (8), Megan (6), Lauren (4), Ramie (2) and Emily (1).
Viewing will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. Graveside services will follow at Palm Memorial Park.
- Visitation Friday, December 2, 2011
- Graveside Service Friday, December 2, 2011
Doyle Matthew Dillard
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December 5, 2011
God's speed to a great guy.Steve
Mike & Dia Walthers
December 5, 2011
We were so pleased to be able to go to the viewing at the time we did. The service was wonderful! We enjoyed your memories and I thought I would tell you what I remember. I bought a security door for my front door and was unsuccessfully trying to put it up by myself when Doyle came over and helped me. He knew exactly how to do it and put it on for me. I will always be grateful to him. He got my door open when I locked myself out of my house. My children loved to go to Mary and Doyle's. They have been a great blessing for all of my family!
December 4, 2011
I am so grateful for all the time I was able to spend with my grandpa. My grandpa took and picked me up from school every day for 6 years. Not only was grandpa there to pick me up, he picked up my neighborhood friends, let them come over to play, tear his house apart and eat all the snacks he and grandma bought. Grandma had me sit at the kitchen table to do homework, and then run it into grandpa for him to check. He checked every piece of homework for those 6 years. Grandpa continued to spoil me every day, helping me finish college and always took interest in what I was doing. I loved that I was able to drive grandpa to doctor's appointments, he always commented on how I was such a good driver. I'm thankful for the stories grandpa shared as we visited him every Sunday. My grandpa is a man that showed continued love, support and generosity to his family, he passed those great qualities down my dad. I know he was proud of all of us. I will treasure the memories I have and look forward to one day being together again. I love you grandpa!
December 3, 2011
Grandpa was a great man. We all learned so many lessons from him. Even when we thought he was a bit crazy and to old... He was always right. He was not formally educated, but he was very smart man. He with our Grandmother raised a son who is a GREAT Father who we love so much for his dedication for his family.
I will miss him, but I know I will be with him again. Death should not be feared but we should look forward to that day if we our righteous and have lives a good life. Grandpa lived that good life.
December 3, 2011
I will miss my Grandpa terribly. He was such a kind, sweet, loving man. I had the honor of spending most of my childhood with him and my Grandma. Everyday he picked me up from school in his white truck he loved so much. On a special occasion, he would take "Grandma's Cadillac" for a spin. At the time I thought that the pale yellow boat of a car was a little embarrassing, but now I'd love for him to take me for a spin in that car once again. I've learned so much from him: love- because he loved his family so much, generosity- because he would do anything for his family and always knew when we needed help, how to flirt- because of all the times I would blush while he joked and flirted with all the girls at the grocery store, and strength- because not only could he always open the tightly sealed pickle jars but that he was able to keep strong for his family even up until his last days. I'll cherish the memories and the special bond I have with him, and thank him for all the sacrifices he has made for me and our family. I'll always keep in my heart all the days I spent dancing to country songs for him. I love you Grandpa and we will meet again soon. All my love!
December 2, 2011
My heart goes out to the dillards @ this time doyle was a great neighbor and friend and I count myself blesssed to have known him.
December 1, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Doyle and his family. We knew Mr. Doyle for several years, enjoyed talking to him and hearing some of the stories he would tell about Las Vegas "way back" in the early days. He will be missed.
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