Dale C. Dilling

February 5, 1932 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Dale Dilling Obituary

Dale Carbaugh Dilling, 91, of Hopewell, PA, passed into the eternal

arms of his Lord and Savior on January 6, 2024. Dale was born on

February 5, 1932, in Roaring Spring, PA, to E. Paul and Ethel

(Carbaugh) Dilling, and grew up in Hopewell, PA.

He was the devoted husband of Doris Edna (Black) Dilling for over 70

years, as well as the beloved father of Duane (Trudy); Diane, (Darrell);

Deana and Deron (Bonnie). He was the grandfather to Haley, Deidre,

Dana, David, Daniel, Davis, Devin, Dale, Katie, Daulton, Darcy,

Logan, Carson, and Elizabeth and the great-grandfather to Addelyn,

Rylan, Josiah, Levi, Evelyn, Caralyn, and Elijah.

As a young man, he drove truck hauling concrete, worked on the

railroad in Hollidaysburg, and enlisted in the US Navy in early 1952.

He served on USS Steinaker, with stops in Cuba and Kingston,

Jamaica. During a weekend leave from boot camp, he traveled home

to Hopewell, helped his dad, Rev. E. Paul Dilling move a refrigerator,

and then promptly got married in the living room of the family home to

the love of his life, ‘the prettiest girl on the Broad Top’, Doris, on June

10, 1952.

After his enlistment ended, he returned to Hopewell and became a

substitute rural letter carrier on RD #2, Hopewell, while his dad was

the carrier on RD #1. When E. Paul retired, Dale took over the RD #1

route and continued carrying mail until June 1, 1990.

When the ‘Hopewell bridge’ from Route 26 onto Route 915 was being

repaired, he famously would walk across the river to and from the Post

Office to start and end his day.

His retirement meant the end of an era. His grandfather George and

his horse Maude; his father; and Dale carried mail on essentially the

same mail route for 100 years, prompting him to be invited to be the

keynote speaker at the opening of the National Postal Museum at the

Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

He was active in the Pennsylvania Rural Letter Carriers Association

(PRLCA) for many years and served as Junior Sponsors with Doris for

the PRLCA for 10 years.

He drove school bus for Northern Bedford County Schools for Ralph

Cottle and Bob Batzel for many years, hauling generations of

elementary and high school students from the RP Smith Elementary

zone. He also operated a body shop at home for years, teaching his

sons all he knew, encouraging Duane to pursue medicine instead of

hand sanding metal.

He and Doris loved to travel. They would take the family to Vero

Beach, Florida, to visit father E. Paul and his wife Etta. They also

enjoyed going out west, particularly to Glacier and Yellowstone

National Parks.

He, along with the family, always had a bountiful garden and acres of

lawn to mow. He was a life-long Republican and had told Deana the

day before his passing that he would be voting for Trump in


He was predeceased by his soulmate Doris on November 20, 2022;

his parents, Rev. E. Paul and Ethel; brother G. Roy; sisters Pauline M.

Shafer, and June, who passed before Dale’s birth; and his first

granddaughter Hillary.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at

Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church Street, Saxton, PA 16678 from 6-8

P.M. and on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 10:00 A.M. at Stonerstown

Church of the Brethren, until the hour of the service.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:00 A.M.

at the Stonerstown Church of the Brethren with Pastor Mary Garvey

officiating, followed by a memorial luncheon at the church.

Interment will be held privately at the Dilling family plot in Everett


In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Stonerstown Church

of the Brethren.

Arrangements by Akers Funeral Chapel 715 Church Street, Saxton, PA 16678

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January 11, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Akers Funeral Chapel (PA)

January 12, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stonerstown Church of the Brethren
1401 Norris St
Saxton, Pa 16678

Funeral Service
January 12, 2024

11:00 AM
Stonerstown Church of the Brethren
1401 Norris St
Saxton, Pa 16678


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