2012-03-10 / Obituaries

Gary Lee Dile

Gary Lee Dile, age 55 of Hebron, died suddenly of liver and kidney failure at Cleveland Clinic Hospital on March 3, 2012. He was born on November 25, 1956 in Columbus, the only child of his devoted mother, Dorothy May (Neely) Dile and his late father, Ralph Eugene Dile.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Madelyn Michelle (Weber) Dile; devoted mother; half-sister, Ethal Wilson of Easton Pennsylvania; aunt, Fern Carter of Duncan, OK; and cousins, Susie Deremer of Stroudsburg, PA, Joyce Jennings of Pasco, WA, Janet Godshalk of Boyton Beach, FL, and Steve Dile of Norman, OK. The Diles had no children, but loved animals, especially their two “babies,” their cats, Eightball and Precious Pretzel which were always of great comfort.

Gary grew up in Steubenville, where he established life-long friendships which he held dear to his heart. He attended Wheeling Jesuit University and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Gary met his wife on a blind date arranged by an OU buddy. Gary and his wife lived in Columbus, after they were married and in 1990, they moved to the country in Hebron, where they currently reside.

Gary worked in radio and televison in the Columbus area for 25 years, including WTTE Fox-TV and most recently at WOSU-TV which he considered “family.” In his spare time, he was a graphic artist for independent films working with contacts and friends he made at “monster bashes” in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Gary’s interests also included sound and atmospheric effects, the meaning and usage of words, science and math, old TV sitcoms, the Three Stooges and the outdoors.

Friends may call at Shorac Funeral Home (formerly McClave’s), 611 N. 4th Street, Steubenville on Thursday 6 - 8 p.m. where a service will be held Friday at 12:30 p.m. with Doug Neavin officiating. Burial at Union Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to any local animal shelter. Offer condolences at www.shorac.com

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