Joseph R. Dille, 68, a 43-year resident of White Plains, died at his home on February 17, 1999.
Mr. Dille was born Oct. 22, 1930 in The Bronx to Joseph M. and Della E. Lundin Dille. He was educated at The Bronx High School of Science, and graduated from New York State Teachers College at Oswego in 1950, after which his family moved to Ossining. He graduated from Officers Candidate School and served as First Lieutenant, Army Ordinance Division during the Korean Conflict. He earned his Masters Degree in safety education at New York University. For 36 years, Mr. Dille was an educator and administrator for the New York City Board of Education, retiring in 1985. He also worked for the New York and Penn Central Railroads as an engineer for many years.
In 1956, he married Barbara W. May at the First Baptist Church in White Plains. For over thirty years, Mr. Dille was an active member of the White Plains Volunteer Fire Department, South Side Division, serving as treasurer for many years.
Mr. Dille was an avid aviator. From 1965 until his death, he was Chief Ground School Instructor at Westchester County Airport. He was also a certified FAA inspector and safety counselor. He was an active member of the Quiet Birdmen, a fraternal order of aviators founded by Charles Lindbergh. His other hobbies included cars, motorcycles, and sharing a good laugh with friends.
Mr. Dille is survived by his wife Barbara; his son, Joseph C. of Telford, PA; his daughter Catherine Burdick of White Plains; and grandsons Joseph K. and Matthew Dille.
Friends may call at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home on Friday, from 3-5 and 7-9 pm. Memorial service is 2 pm on Saturday, February 20, 1999 at the First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the First Baptist Church, 456 North Street, White Pains, NY, 10605 would be appreciated.