Richard “Dick” Eugene Dellinger, 68, of Mt. Jackson passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, July 2, 2012 in Woodstock.
Richard was born January 22, 1944 in Mt. Jackson, son of the late Leon Eugene and Martha Brinker Dellinger.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 47 years, Marilyn M. Dellinger, a daughter, his “Daddy’s girl”, Amanda Lynn Polk and a son-in-law, Stacy T. Polk of Mt. Jackson. HE was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and friend to many. He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy E. Mauck of Woodstock and Anna Jean Rusmisel of Bethania, NC.
Richard and Marilyn were married on December 4, 1964. This was the beginning of an inspiring and incredible partnership in marriage. In 1979, his little girl, the light of his life, was born.
Richard retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after 32 years of dedicated service. He also worked for many years for the late A. Frank and Phyllis Heishman on Rolling Acres Farm.
Richard was an avid outdoor lover. He spent countless hours hunting, fishing, and spending time exploring the beautiful outdoors. He was a skilled mechanic and was gifted in any project that involved working with his hands. He was a lover of dogs and had many canine companions throughout his life, the latest being his faithful girl, Duchess, who preceded him in death.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Conicville Cemetery with the Rev. John F. Taylor, Jr. officiating.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Mark and J.D. Ryman, His brother-in-law, Stanley Wellard and his “like brothers”, Al, Steve, and Mike Heishman. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephew, Ricky Mauck and his friends, Ricky Haun, Ronnie Dodson, Garland Mumaw, Billy Mumaw, and H. Dexter Mumaw.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Project Lifesaver, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, 109 West Court Street, Woodstock, VA 22664. Project Lifesaver is a wonderful program in which individuals with diagnoses like dementia are fitted with a locator bracelet in case they should wander or become lost. Contributions may also be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, 1160, Pepsi Place Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.