James A. Dildine

Born: Fri., Jun. 3, 1921
Died: Sat., Oct. 10, 2009

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James Arthur Dildine, age 88, 475 Third Street, Benton, died Saturday evening, October 10, 2009 at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford, Mass. where he was a patient for almost two weeks. He was in failing health for the past six months.

Born in Greenwood Township on June 3, 1921, he was a son of the late Howard C. and Jennie Ada (Young) Dildine. He moved to Sunbury at the age of six and to Benton in 1937.

He was a 1939 graduate of Benton High School and his class recently celebrated their 70th reunion.

Jim and his father started the Benton GLF in 1939 and later enlarged the business. He was in the trucking business and also spread lime for area farmers. He later was in the dairy farming business owning Sunny Hillside Dairy, Benton. Later he became a milk supplier and wholesale/retail supplier for the former Dairylea Co., Berwick.

He was a founding partner in J & B Honda, Bloomsburg; a partner in Dildine, Dildine & Clement, a real estate development firm in North Central PA; a partner in Susquehanna Nursing Home Associates, Selinsgrove; and a partner in Monroe Commercial Properties, a commercial real estate developer in Selinsgrove.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1942, and was selected for the Army Air Corps, serving as control tower operator in the South Pacific Theater until 1945. He was a charter member of Ft. Rickett's Post 8317, VFW, Benton.

Jim was a member of the Benton United Presbyterian Church for 70 years, serving as a Deacon and Elder. He also was a member of the former Benton Lodge #667, F & AM, serving as Worshipful Master in 1958, becoming a member of Oriental Lodge 460 F & AM, Orangeville when the two lodges merged. He was also a member of the Chimney Stack Rod & Gun Club, Red Rock since 1956 and was its most senior member at the time of his death.

He served his community as a member of the Benton Boro Council for two terms (eight years) and as Mayor for 15 years. He was designated as the director of reconstruction for the Benton Area following the devastation of Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

He was a charter member of the Benton Flying Club, holding a private pilot's license for over 25 years. He was an avid golfer, holding membership in Mill Race Golf Club, Benton and Whiskey Creek Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla. where he wintered for more than 20 years.

Jim was a great lover of automobiles, owning more than 40 cars in his lifetime. One of his favorites was a 1949 Chrysler Town & Country "Woody" convertible, now being restored to its original condition by his son.

On September 12, 1942 he married the former Ruth Marie Treasure, a new teacher in the Benton area and they celebrated 48 years of marriage before her death on June 2, 1991.

Surviving are a son, James T. Dildine, and his wife Carol, Mattapoisett, Mass; two daughters: Linda, wife of Robert Patton, Beaufort, N.C.; Janet, wife of Michael Spitzer, Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren: Dr. Jennifer Russell, Mattapoisett, Mass.; James A. Dildine, II, Los Gatos, Calif.; Dr. David Dildine, Providence, R.I.; Michael Spitzer, II, Richmond, Va.; Eric Spitzer, Woodbridge, Va.; Kristie Patton, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Robert Corey Patton, Washington, D.C.; seven great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Oliver, Grace and Ava Russell, Mattapoisett, Mass.; James A. III, Ethan and Alexandra Dildine, Los Gatos, Calif., and a sister, Eleanor Klementik, Benton and one niece and two nephews.

Jim's booming voice and personality will be missed, his death signals the loss of another memorable giant from "the greatest generation".

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a. m. in the Benton United Presbyterian Church, Market Street, Benton, with his pastor, Rev. O. Allen Lumpkin officiating. Interment in Benton Cemetery with full military honors by the combined VFW group.

Friends may call at the Church Saturday, 9 to 10:45 a. m. Masonic memorial services will be held at 10:45 a. m.

The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be sent to the Columbia-Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Benton.

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Patti M. Dill
   Posted Sun October 11, 2009
My prayers have been with your family over the past months of Big Jim's illness. From experience I know that time will help lessen your pain of loss. The wonderful memories of that special individual who loved life and its challenges will never die.

Owen Hess
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009

   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
I just wanted to say how much Jim will be missed here in Benton. He was a wonderful man and I couldn't wait to see him when he came home. I'll miss his humor and voice. My sympathies go out to his family.

Ron & Fran Parrish
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
What memories Ron and I are exchanging today about such a vibrant man that we both loved. He became an instant friend the moment each of us met him. As we remember and cry with you, we are consoled because heaven has gained such a special angel.

Joyce & Bob Gordon
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Our condolences, Joyce and Bob Gordon

Bill Garrison
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Jim was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Shirley Kitchen
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Our prayers go out to the family.

Patricia Treasure Gardner
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
I am Patricia Ruth Treasure Gardner and I was your mother's first cousin. I learned of your father's death today and was greatly sorrowed. Your father was a favorite of mine and I remember his sense of humor. He took my daughters and me on our first 4-seater plane ride and he even let me fly it! It was one my favorite memories. I was surprosed to hear that his son, James, lives in Mattapoisett. My husband was the summer rector of the little Episcopal Church by the beach for 4 summers. My family really enjoyed their time there. It is really a small world. I am sorry I won't be able to attend the services on Saturday but we have another funeral to attend that day. I wish I could meet all of you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
In sympathy,

Gordon & Allynne Jones
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Gordon and Allynne extend their sympathies to the family of Jim Dildine. We have known Jim for many years as a result of the wonderful friendship he had with Allynne's father- Lester Coombs and mother-Audrey Coombs. He became one of our "Florida" family just as and we truly will miss him in Ft. Myers.

Vivian Niblick
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
I will miss Jim coming into our club (Whiskey Creek C.C.) We always shared a laugh or two and I will always remember him saying: "Anything for the good of the order?" when I would share some jokes with him that I had printed out from my e-mails. Vivian Niblick

   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Jim Dildine's voice and smile will be remembered. My Dad always called him "Mondy Bags"., but I don't know why. They both always grinned about it.
Condolences to the family.

Larry and Mary Robbins
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
I was always glad to be around Jim ,he always was up. I spent alot of time with Jim when on Benton Council in the 1970's we had alot of troubles with flooding and park repairs would be up to 1 am alot of times . Jim was a big help to me when I was younger. Will miss hem you had a great father. Love larry

Karen and Bert
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Our sincere condolences to the Dildine family. Jim was a great friend to my (Karen's) father and mother (Lester and Audrey Coombs)and to Bert and I. We loved playing golf with him at Whiskey Creek and having meals together at Palmetto Palms. We will miss him!

   Posted Tue October 13, 2009

Meg Geffken
   Posted Wed October 14, 2009
Jim will be missed and remembered with great affection by everyone who spent time in Benton, PA.

Don & Betty Miller
   Posted Wed October 14, 2009
Sorry to hear about Jim. He will be missed by the whole borough of Benton.
I grew up in Rohrsburg area and Betty is the sister of Ken Kelsey.
I did some work for Jim over the years.

Don & Betty Miller

Deb Little Antanitis
   Posted Wed October 14, 2009
Just want to express my condolances. He was a wonderful person and I loved his booming voice. I will never forget the time that we played golf at Mill Race and I was assigned to his foursome. I was a very novice golfer...but he made me feel very comfortable and taught me how to hit out of the sand. He said Debbie....sand is not a problem..just hit like you're hitting off grass...and he did. What a wonderful person...he will be missed by our community. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

JoAnn and Edward Walk
   Posted Thu October 15, 2009
Your certainly right we will miss Jim's booming voice, I know Edward will miss his visits at the post office..our deepest sympanthy. JoAnn & Edward Walk

Albert and Jayne McCann
   Posted Sat October 17, 2009
We did not know Jim for very long but we learned to be very fond of him and admire him very much. He will be sadly missed.

Teddy & Shirley McHenry
   Posted Mon October 19, 2009
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to all family members.

Jim was a very special person to so many in our community,

Sincerely, Teddy & Shirley McHenry

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