Obituary for Dave Dilley, Community Champion and Leader

If you were fortunate enough to have made the acquaintance of Dave Dilley you knew a great man.
Dave Dilley … a person of integrity … well respected and loved … friend/family man/champion … he was instrumental in the advancements within our community … he will be missed:

David Robert Dilley Bonita Springs, FL

David Robert Dilley of Bonita Springs, FL and Centerville, IN was born July 29, 1932 in Des Moines, IA to Merrill Boyd Dilley and Grace Dullenty Dilley. He was married August 28, 1955 to Joan Emeryl Harris and, after more than a half century of joyous marriage, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 17, 2013.

David received his B.S. degree summa cum laude from Drake University seven months after graduating from high school. David began teaching at Indiana University while still a teenager and received his doctoral degree from Indiana University in both economics and finance. Along the way, David also attended Western Reserve University, University of California (Berkeley) and Oslo University (Norway).

Major academic honors were national finalist for a Rhodes scholarship (Oxford University) and various other competitive scholarships at Indiana University. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Phi Beta Alpha.

He taught at Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh and New York University School of Business. As a CPA, his early career employers also included Price Waterhouse & Co. and Ernst & Ernst. Later, he held various comptrollership positions within U.S. Steel in New York City and in Pittsburgh, PA, from which he retired as the Chief Economist in 1985. He had been president of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh, The Financial Roundtable of Southwest Florida, The Residential Association in Pelican Landing (Florida) and the Republican Club of Bonita Springs and Estero. He was author of some thirty publications and for a while wrote a newspaper column entitled BUSINESS BINOCULARS.

David’s most unique lifetime experience was leaving high school at the age of 15 and hitch-hiking through all of the then 48 states, doing a small amount of work in each state to finance his trip and finishing this journey by hitch-hiking the full length of the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks and back to the continental United States. He thought he may have been the first to have done so and perhaps also the youngest.

David was most grateful for his long and happy marriage to Joan since 1955. He is survived by his son, Mark Dilley and wife, Gina; as well as their children, Cole and Kira of Maplewood, N J. Also surviving is his daughter, Cheryl Anderson, and husband, Jeff and their children, Bethany, Joel and Kelsie of Clayton, OH.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, FL.

Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville, IN. Memorial services at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs will be announced at a later date.

‘I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ (2 Timothy 4:7)
Arrangements handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home.

3 thoughts on “Obituary for Dave Dilley, Community Champion and Leader

  1. Dave Dilley was probably the most active, the most effective, and the most liked citizen of Pelican Landing for many years. He contributed tirelessly of his time, intellect, and energy for the betterment of the community. I was honored to see him in action many, many times during the old WCI days; and his efforts rallied many a person here to act and join with him.

    Even the flag pole at the community center is a result of Daves’ good works. Travel well, oh citizen, travel well!

  2. We the members of Pelican Landing who were here when the WCI split came, owe Mr. Dilley a “HUGE” thank you. Those that came to Pelican Landing in later years have had the benefits and fruits of his labor. We all owe him a great deal as Mr. Dilley was a great deal maker.
    Tom & Louisa McNeil

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