David A. Dilley

David A. Dilley

David A. Dilley, 90, (referred to as Dave to the people that knew him) began his heavenly journey on October 8, 2021, after a very productive life. Dave was a longtime resident of Palmer, Alaska. He was born to the late Edgar and Mildred Dilley on December 23, 1930 in Clintonville, Wisconsin. His family moved to Ely, Minnesota, when he was young. He graduated from Ely High School in 1948. Soon after his graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed at Ladd Army Airfield until 1952 when he was honorably discharged from the Army.

He returned home to Ely where he soon met and married Nancy Koski in 1953. They had three sons. Dave was a lumberjack in northern Minnesota until 1970 when he moved the family to Palmer.

After arriving in Palmer, he founded Dilley Inc. This corporation constructed subdivisions and performed various other work associated with heavy equipment. He owned this corporation for 45 years. He retired at the age of 76 and started his wood business to keep busy, working for another 10 years.

He loved to fish and explore with his beloved dog. He also tried his hand at gold mining. He is a legend inside and outside of his family. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife of 63 years. Dave is survived by his three sons, Mark (Roxanne) Dilley of Sacramento, Ca; Lance (Sue) Dilley of Wasilla, and Reed Dilley of Palmer. He also had 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Visitation services will be held at Kehls Funeral Home in Palmer, Alaska, on October 17 from 2 to 4 pm with Pastor Dan Jeffery officiating. Burial will follow at Pioneer Cemetery.

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