ST. IGNATIUS – Johnie A. Dillard, 85, passed away at St. Patrick’s Hospital on Missoula on May 28.
Born April 1, 1933, in Afton, Oklahoma, to Fred and Letha (Mc- Nally) Dillard, he was raised in the Little Lost Valley in Idaho. Johnie served in the U.S. Army from 1953- 1956. He married Patricia Larson on Dec 31, 1956, and they made their home in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, where he logged and ranched.
He was a member of the American Legion and for many years he enjoyed working with horses, hunting, working with leather and being surrounded by his family.
Johnie was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one sister; nine brothers; two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
Survivors include his sons, Kim (Garalyn) of Sidney, Jess (Brenda) of St. Ignatius, and Patrick (Val) of Arlee; daughter, Betsy (Dennis) Corbitt of St. Ignatius; brother, Jimmy (Connie) Dillard of Idaho; sisters, Mary (Roger) Simms of Idaho and Dorthy (Wayne) McKenzie of Idaho; 22 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Military Honors will be presented. A potluck dinner will follow the services at the St. Ignatius Senior Citizen’s Center (212 North Main).