BUCYRUS--Karl Franklin Dilley, 69, of Bucyrus, died Saturday,
April 16, 2005, at Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus.
A son of Karl Amos and Anna Elizabeth (Krock) Dilley, he was born in Wyandot
County on Jan. 22, 1936. On Oct. 8, 1966, he married Joan Russell in Bucyrus. She
Also surviving are a daughter, Sara Crocker, Sebastian, Fla.; a son, Jared,
Annandale, Va.; a sister, Mary Ellen Lee, Toledo; a brother, Richard, Westerville; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
A 1954 graduate of Nevada High School where he was a member of student council and
National Honor Society, Mr. Dilley received a bachelor of arts in social studies from
Otterbein College. There he was treasurer of Pi Kappa Phi and president of Phi Alpha Theta
history honor society. He earned his master of arts degree in history at Bowling Green
State University in 1965, and participated in numerous education seminars.
Mr. Dilley taught at Nevada High School from 1958-63 and at Wynford High School from
1964-91. He served as a class adviser, directed class plays, participated in the Wynford
Royal Follies and advised Key Club, National Honor Society and Citizen Bee teams.
He was a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church serving as its lay delegate to
the East Ohio Annual Conference. He was a lay leader, member of the trustees,
administrative council and pastor parish relations committee, Sunday school teacher and
superintendent, and was a member of the Couples Plus Sunday school class.
Mr. Dilley served seven terms on the Bucyrus City Council, was the service safety
director from 1992-95, a member of the Crawford County Republican Party Central Committee
for 32 years and was the county's Republican of the Year in 1999. He was a member of the
Bucyrus Kiwanis, Nevada Lions, Crawford County Retired Teachers Association, serving as
president in 1999, 2000 and 2004. He enjoyed historical travel, reading and politics, was
a substitute Head Start teacher, a Boy Scout adviser, was involved with the Harvey School
Restoration Committee and was part of establishing the Luther B. Lust Teachers Scholarship.
The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn United Methodist Church with the
Rev. Bob Mathias officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is at
Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home in Bucyrus from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Church playground fund, the Harvey School Restoration
Committee, the Luther B. Lust Teachers Scholarship or an organization of the donor's choice.
--Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky, OH, Monday, April 18, 2005