1927 - 2012
Otho Leonard Dilks, 84, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Temple, OK., Tuesday with Rev. Arbuary Ritter and Rev. Bob Dilks officiating. Burial was held in the Temple Cemetery.
Dilks was born Oct. 18, 1927, to Eolie Earl and Ledonia Blanche (Cochran) Dilks, north of Temple, OK.
Otho grew up at Temple attending Pioneer and Essequanahdale Schools before graduating from Temple High in 1947, where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He then went to work for Cotton Electric but was soon drafted into the U.S Army, serving in Japan for two years during the Korean Conflict.
Along with farming, he also took a job with Bridwell Oil Company working 17 years. From 1969 to 1983 he worked for Sun Oil Company and has since continued farming. He married Elizabeth Baker on June 22, 1949 at Burkburnett.
He joined the Masonic Lodge at Temple in 1955 and was a member of the Cache Valley Lodge in Walters. He was also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and American Angus Association and is a member of First Baptist Church in Temple. He and his wife enjoyed going to rodeos and regularly attended the National Finals Rodeo for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers and sisters, Clorice Barnett, Jean Powell, Billy Dilks and Donnie Dilks.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Ebby” of the home; a son, Stephen of Cookietown, OK; a daughter, Amy Brown of Iowa Park; three brothers, Darrell of Guthrie, Merrill of Bentonville, AR, Charles of Warner Robins, GA.; three sisters, Doris Kay Humphries of Bloomfield, NM, Ann Cable of Fletcher, OK, and Judy Butler of Dixon, CA; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
The family suggest memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Temple, Ok.