Millard F. "Pete" Dilsaver received his eternal reward on March 1, 2014 at his home at Grace Pointe Assisted Living in Greeley. He was born on December 28, 1915 to John and Stella (McClure) Dilsaver. He was born on a dry land farm three miles northeast of Athol, Kansas. There he attended grade school in a one room school house and graduated high school.
Following high school he enrolled in Kansas State College majoring in Agricultural Engineering. He worked to finance college and also received some help from his Aunt Fannie. In his junior year, there was a flu epidemic and he was confined to the college hospital. There he met Agatha Hermon who was a nurse. Upon completing college, Pete was employed by the Soil Conservation Service. He and Agatha were married on November 27, 1941 in Clovis, New Mexico.
He was drafted into the Army in September 1943 and received a 10 day leave the following March before being deployed. Their first child Evelyn Marie was born during that leave and both she and Pete were baptized together in the Catholic Church. When he returned to his military unit, they were preparing to be transferred to England to be part of the invasion of France to fight the German army. Pete was part of the 79th Infantry Division that was in a battle to end the war in Europe where he received the Bronze Star for his services. After his discharge from the service he returned to Portales, New Mexico where there first son Roy Dean was born. Pete was transferred to several locations before being transferred to Greeley, Colorado in 1948 where there daughter Judy Ann and two more sons, Michael Thomas and Benjamin Hermon were born.
While in Greeley, Pete became a member of the American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus Council 2160 and Elks Lodge #809. He serviced as Grand Knight in Greeley and also District Deputy and was in the 4th Degree of the K of C's. He was also Grand Knight in Littleton, Colorado Council 3340 where they lived for 10 years before retiring back in Greeley.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Aggie, Sisters Evelyn Murphy and Esther Kruse, Brothers Loren and Virgil, sons Michael and Roy and daughter Judy O'Neill. He is survived by his brother Harold (Beryl), daughter Evelyn (Bill) Burke, son Ben (Linda), daughter-in-law Jonnie Dilsaver, son-in-law Steve (Mari Ann) O'Neill, grandchildren Bret (Amy) Burke, Chris (Maureen) Dilsaver, Roxanne (John) Garcia, Brian (Beth) Dilsaver, David (Megan) O'Neill, Erin O'Neill, Rachel and Mitchell Dilsaver, Great grandchildren Brooke, Aarika, Tyler, Dillon, Paityn, Logan, Tanner, Dylan, Greyson, and Jessica and great-great grandson Brayson.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Stoddard Funeral Home. Memorial of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634, to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado or the Purple Stride Pancreatic Cancer Walk, for Team Dilsaver.
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