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    Posted: Apr 07 2016 at 4:43am
Roger Dillman


By Lauren Pack

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MIDDLETOWN —
Middletown native, community activist and longtime grocer Roger W. Dillman died Friday at Atrium Medical Center.

Dillman, 87, was the owner of Dillman food, which had been in business for 87 years before its Central Avenue grocery store closed last year.

Dillman’s son, Steve, said the family business founded in 1926 by his grandfather, Dewey, fed countless families and employed many young people over the years.

“He enjoyed it very much,” said Steve Dillman. “Co-workers and customers, he loved them all.”

At the height of the family business, the Dillmans owned three grocery stores in Middletown and one in West Carrollton. They converted two Middletown locations on Roosevelt and University boulevards to Save-A-Lots then sold then in 2011.

While he had slowed down some, Roger Dillman still came to the Central Avenue store as much as possible before it closed, according to his son.

Roger Dillman was born at Middletown Hospital not far from the Central Avenue store and was active in many city organizations over the years, including serving on the Bank One board of directors, chairman of the board of Middletown Hospital, senior citizen ambassador award recipient, rotary member of the year 2000, basketball official for 25 years, charter member of Middletown Basketball Association, past commander of American Legion, Miami University Founders Club and an original member of Middletown Community Foundation.

He also served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

In addition to his son, Roger is survived by is wife, Virgina, a granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

“He was a very open, outgoing person with an active social life,” Steve Dillman said. “He was a happy person who was happy with his life.”

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd.
“Mulligan said he ... doesn’t believe they necessarily make the return on investment necessary to keep funding them.” …The Middletown Journal, January 30, 2012
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My deepest and most sincere condolences to Steve and family.
“Mulligan said he ... doesn’t believe they necessarily make the return on investment necessary to keep funding them.” …The Middletown Journal, January 30, 2012
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I'm sorry to hear about your father Steve. Sounded like a great man who had a wonderful life. My condolences to the family. God Bless.
I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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Roger Dillman was a model family man and business man.He had a wonderful attitude and cared about people. I don't know anyone who did more good for others. He made the world a better place and showed us all how we are supposed to live in it. His family is just like him and they are in our prayers.. What a legacy he left.
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He died two years ago.  
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It just showed up on my Facebook news feed last night.

I apologize if I reopened any old wounds.
“Mulligan said he ... doesn’t believe they necessarily make the return on investment necessary to keep funding them.” …The Middletown Journal, January 30, 2012
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Positive comments are never out of vogue or inappropriate, regardless of the fact it is two years past the date of Mr. Dillman's obituary. Thankfully the pulse of the city is within the posters who are daily update to date with the major events in Middletown. It would be wise not to rely on facebook for the news. Tomorrow you might wake up and learn Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

 
Roger W. Dillman, 87, of Middletown, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Atrium Medical Center. He was born in Middletown, Ohio on May 9, 1926 to parents Dewey Dodd and Martha (Wlosinski) Dillman. Mr. Dillman was the owner of Dillman's Foods, which had been in business for 87 years in Middletown. Roger served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Roger was very active in the ommunity, serving on the Bank One Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Middletown Hospital, Senior Citizen Ambassador Award for Board Service, Rotary Member of the Year 2000, Basketball Official for 25 years, Charter member of Middletown Basketball Assoc., Past Commander of American Legion - 1953, Miami University Founders Club,- and an original member of Middletown Community Foundation. Mr. Dillman is survived by his wife, Virginia (Niederauer) Dillman; son, Roger Steven (Brenda) Dillman; brother, Tom (Maria) Dillman; granddaughter, Betsy (Terrell) Mayfield; great Grandchildren, Keaton & Kenna Mayfield and sister-in-law, Jackie Dillman. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Dillman.
Memorial Service will be Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at WILSON-SCHRAMM-SPAULDING FUNERAL HOME, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown, OH with Father John Civille officiating. Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
- See more at: http://www.wilsonschrammspaulding.com/obituary/Roger-W.-Dillman/Middletown-OH/1370750#sthash.805L3WV7.dpuf
Roger W. Dillman, 87, of Middletown, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Atrium Medical Center. He was born in Middletown, Ohio on May 9, 1926 to parents Dewey Dodd and Martha (Wlosinski) Dillman. Mr. Dillman was the owner of Dillman's Foods, which had been in business for 87 years in Middletown. Roger served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Roger was very active in the ommunity, serving on the Bank One Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Middletown Hospital, Senior Citizen Ambassador Award for Board Service, Rotary Member of the Year 2000, Basketball Official for 25 years, Charter member of Middletown Basketball Assoc., Past Commander of American Legion - 1953, Miami University Founders Club,- and an original member of Middletown Community Foundation. Mr. Dillman is survived by his wife, Virginia (Niederauer) Dillman; son, Roger Steven (Brenda) Dillman; brother, Tom (Maria) Dillman; granddaughter, Betsy (Terrell) Mayfield; great Grandchildren, Keaton & Kenna Mayfield and sister-in-law, Jackie Dillman. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Dillman.
Memorial Service will be Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at WILSON-SCHRAMM-SPAULDING FUNERAL HOME, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown, OH with Father John Civille officiating. Memorial Donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
- See more at: http://www.wilsonschrammspaulding.com/obituary/Roger-W.-Dillman/Middletown-OH/1370750#sthash.805L3WV7.dpuf
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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

It would be wise not to rely on facebook for the news. Tomorrow you might wake up and learn Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
If you see it on the internet, it MUST be true!!!       
“Mulligan said he ... doesn’t believe they necessarily make the return on investment necessary to keep funding them.” …The Middletown Journal, January 30, 2012
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Originally posted by Dean Dean wrote:

Positive comments are never out of vogue or inappropriate, regardless of the fact it is two years past the date of Mr. Dillman's obituary. Thankfully the pulse of the city is within the posters who are daily update to date with the major events in Middletown. It would be wise not to rely on facebook for the news. Tomorrow you might wake up and learn Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

ClapThankfully the pulse of the city is within the posters who are daily update to date with the major events in Middletown.

Cry It would be wise not to rely on facebook for the news. Tomorrow you might wake up and learn Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
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