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John Howard Dillingham

August 18, 1930 - January 24, 2018

John Howard Dillingham, 87, of Schulenburg, Texas passed away on January 24, 2018 in Schulenburg.

He was born on August 18, 1930 to Murvin Cecil and Mary Eileen (Cobb) Norvell in Purcell, McClain County, Oklahoma. On July 13, 1946 he married Carole Jeanne Hall. John lived in Topeka, KS from 1979-2000; Columbus, TX from 2000-2014; and in Schulenburg from 2014-present.

John received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Baylor University, Bachelor of Divinity (BD) from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from University of Dubuque, Iowa (Summa Cum Laude). John pastored several churches in Texas before joining staff of Menninger Foundation as Chaplain. He was a member of the Clinical Pastoral Education staff (CPE Supervisor); Fellow College of Chaplains; and in 1992 was voted Chaplain of the Year.

John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Carole Jeanne Dillingham of Schulenburg, TX; son, Alan E. Dillingham and wife Sabine of California, MD; brother, Phillip Norvell of Fayetteville, AR; nephew, Ronald Norvell of San Antonio, TX; 4 grandchildren, Lisa Marak and husband Randy of Weimar, TX, Lorry Beck and husband Saxon of Muldoon, TX, Alan Shane Dillingham of Mobile, AL, and Blythe Dillingham of San Diego, CA; and 3 great grandchildren, Raven Behrens and husband Dustin of Smithville, TX, Saxon "Tad" Beck, Jr. and wife Jesi of Fayetteville, TX, and Kendall Marak and fiancÚ Hunter Hengst of La Grange, TX; and 6 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murvin Cecil and Mary Eileen (Cobb) Norvell, his beloved adoptive parents, John and Margaret Dillingham, brothers, James, William, Robert and Cecil Norvell, and daughter, Alana Dillingham Shimek.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Weimar United Church of Christ in Weimar, TX.

A memorial service will follow on Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00 pm at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Jerry L. Carpenter officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, TX.

Burial will take place in Weimar Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers are Randy Marak, Alan Shane Dillingham, Saxon Beck, Dustin Behrens, Saxon "Tad" Beck, Jr., Daniel Shimek, and Hunter Hengst.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950; or Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Ave., Victoria, TX 77901. Online condolences can be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.


John Howard Dillingham
August 18, 1930 - January 24, 2018



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