Victor Dillman

Victor Dillman

BLOOMINGTON – The Rev. Dr. Victor Eugene Dillman, 82, of Bloomington, formerly of Arcola, Kewanee and Charleston, passed away at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 26, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene and at noon, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Arcola First Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Jerry Clonch will officiate. Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust St., Arcola, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery, Arcola, with military rites accorded by the Arcola American Legion. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. prior to each funeral service. The family suggests memorials be made to the Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene, 2207 N. Towanda Barnes Road, Bloomington, IL 61704.

Victor was born in Westfield (Clark County) on June 21, 1930, the youngest of eight children born to the Rev. Clifford K. and Bertha May (Eickelberger) Dillman.

Surviving are his brother, Dr. Beryl Dillman (Grace Hodges) of Bloomington; his sister, Mary Dillman Gates of Fishers, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Imogene Dillman of Charleston and Grace Dillman of Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Rev. Craig, Keith, Clem and Newell; and one infant sister, Ruth Evelyn.

Victor graduated from Arcola High School in 1948, received a B.S. from Olivet Nazarene University in 1967, received a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois in 1971, and a Ph.D. of Philosophy from International University ULC. The Rev. Dillman has a lifetime Ministerial Ordination Credential, received on June 30, 1969.

Victor served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a counselor, consultant, educator, social worker, a member of the clergy, and counseling therapist.

Victor was Commanding Officer of Salvation Army Corps in Kewanee and Momence for a total of five years. Victor founded the Youth for Christ Inc. in three locations: Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1953; Sedalia, Mo., in 1955; and Kankakee County in 1962.

The Rev. Dillman pastored seven United Methodist congregations in Vermilion and Fulton counties in Illinois and was an interim preacher in Sedalia, Mo., Free Methodist Church. He has delivered many sermons and speeches and officiated several weddings and funerals. Victor was visiting professor for five summers at Pasadena Graduate College and at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Victor was a social worker and counselor at Kewanee High School. He was employed for 25 years with Henry-Stark Counties Special Education. Dr. Dillman provided consultant services for 25 years for Peoria-based Petersen Health Care Long-term Homes situated throughout Illinois.

Victor was foster parent to 15 minors in Momence and Kewanee to help them through school and on to either college or vocational training. His foster children are: Hue, John, Don, Diane, Julia, Quang, Ruyen, Ngan, Robert, Michael, Tricia, Vi, Thuong, Hein and Nghia.

For eight years, Victor was president and chairman of the Board for the Quad Counties Youth Services, a program to assist youth and family intervention. He served as a member of the Kewanee Drug and Alcohol Task Force. He also was CEO and president of the Henry County Youth Services Bureau Inc.

Victor has worked on the Dillman genealogy going back as far as the 1600s. Victor's great-great-great-grandpa Andrew Dillman was in the American Revolutionary War. Andrew and his wife, Barbara Roush Dillman, were buried in Sharon Cemetery in Chatham, Ky. The Dillman reunion convenes the second Saturday of July each year. It has been conducted in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Victor enjoyed gathering family and friends to re-connect and reminisce. Victor's love for God and people was very evident!

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