GLEN ROSE — Thomas Arthur Dills, 86, of Glen Rose and formerly of Fort Worth, passed away early on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, after a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Thomas was born in 1923 in Eaton, Ohio. A Navy pilot in World War II, Tom served aboard the Saratoga and saw action in the South Pacific. He had the right stuff when he worked with the greats of aerospace in the deserts of California in the 1950s and 1960s.

Never far from the planes he loved, Mr. Dills worked as a weight engineer on General Dynamics projects as varied as the F-111 and the F-16. Above all, he was proud that his decisions and designs “never hurt anyone.” He loved his country.

Tom was in love with — and married to — Marilyn for 57 wonderful years. He loved his six children. Tom was an excellent woodworker, fashioning furniture, toys and other things that made people smile.

Survivors include his children, Thomas William Dills and wife, Michael Joseph Dills, Deborah Nichols and husband, Christopher Patrick Dills, Mary Jane Wright and husband, and Steven James Dills and wife; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 Published Nov. 18, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter