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Walter Ray Dillon

December 30, 1930 - January 15, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: January 19, 2019

Walter Ray “Matt” Dillon, 88, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born on December 30, 1930 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Ray and Mary Lee Dillon. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1948, where he served in the Korean Conflict and in the Vietnam War.  He was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart and others, before retiring in 1970 as Captain.  Following his retirement, Walt had a strong desire to go to college, so he enrolled in and graduated from the University of South Carolina.  He eventually earned his Master’s in Human Physiology. Walt taught Biology at USC and later conducted scientific research on dementia at the University of Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Gale McKinley Dillon, of the home; four children from a previous marriage to the late Lilian Dillon; sons: Dennis (Martha) of Austin, TX and Mike (Ouida) of Athens, Georgia; daughters: Kellie (Jeff) Scott of Old Fort, NC, and Mary Garcia, of Prosper, TX; stepsons: Brandon Downs (fiance’ Lucretia Cowan) and Damon Downs (fiance’ Michelle Pope) of Anderson, SC; grandchildren: Daniel Dillon, Michael Dillon, Alec Wells, Katie Wells, Hannah Dillon and Mandy Daniel; great grandchildren: Aubrey and Dillon Daniel; step-grandchildren: McKinley Sides and Erin McClellion; step-great grandchildren: Camila Sides and Grayson Sides; and nephew, Tim Dillon of CA.

In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law: Donald and Barbara Dillon and niece, Lisa Dillon.

Services with Military honors will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 11am at Sosebee Mortuary, South Chapel, officiated by his step-nephew, Rev. Gary Fisher.

Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the Mortuary from 10am – 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors at 855.GIVE.WWP (448.3997) or Anderson County Meals on Wheels at

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Sosebee Mortuary and Crematory, South Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.