William S. Dillsaver
William S. Dillsaver died October 31,
2008. He was born August 24, 1915, in the Prarie Bell community Southeast of
Okmulgee to Missouri Fisher Lowe and William M. Dillsaver.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of almost 70 years,
Pauline, his parents, and two brothers; Orville Dean and Robert Lowe Dillsaver.
He leaves behind two daughters, JoAnn and Dolores Dillsaver
of the home and several nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Morris High School in 1933 and attended
business college and junior college in Okmulgee.
In August 1937 he went to work at the Lockhart Cotton Gin,
which later sold to the Vernon Cotton Company. He worked as manager for Mr. I.
J. Vernon and together they started a feed company. When cotton ceased to be
raised in eastern Oklahoma, the businesses were merged into the Dillsaver-Vernon
Feed Company. This company was operated as such until Bill retired in 1984.
On November 5, 1939, Bill married his high school sweetheart,
Pauline Ludwick, of Morris, Oklahoma. They built, with the help of family and
neighbors, a home in the Prarie Bell area and enjoyed a rural life for many
years before moving to Okmulgee.
When the Okmulgee Creek Conservancy District No. 1 was formed
in 1959, Bill was appointed one of the directors of the board and served until
February 2008. Because of the work of this board, two retention dams were built
as part of a flood control project to prevent Okmulgee Creek from flooding
portions of the city.
His appreciation of agriculture and the farming community led
him to serve twenty years on the Okmulgee County Conservation District Board.
During that time he was appointed by Governor Nigh to the Solid Waste Management
Committee for several years.
Bill was proud of and interested in his community. He was on
the board of directors of the Merchantís Association and the Chamber of
Commerce. He was also on the board of the First National Bank of Okmulgee for
seventeen years and a member of the board of trustees of the First Methodist
Church of Okmulgee.
After retirement he and Pauline enjoyed traveling, playing
bridge and visiting with friends and family.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 from 12-8
P.M. at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in
Okmulgee with Reverend Craig Denslow officiating. Interment will be in the
Okmulgee Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McClendon-Winters
Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Online condolences may be made at