Joseph F. Dillon

Age 83, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on Thursday, May 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, Joseph was the son of the late Helen (Cieplowski) and William V. Dillon III. He was a graduate of St. Elizabeth School and Wilmington High School.  Joseph spent 25 years working as a mailer for the News Journal and 20 years working for the Star Press.  He was active in the Mailers 139 Union. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Palmer; his sisters, Agnes Noble, Mary Dillon, and Nellie Grimes and his brothers, William Dillon and Edmund Dillon.

Joseph will be missed by his wife of 37 years, Lysbeth “Gayle” (Kase) Dillon; his son, Joseph F. Dillon, Jr. and his significant other Stephanie Kosinski of Newark and his children, Jeffrey and Jordan Dillon; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathi and Rick Callahan of Landenberg, PA and their children, Amanda, Courtney, Justin, and Sean Callahan, his daughter-in-law, Debi Kern-Dillon, his daughter and son-in-law, Christel and Jim Smith and their children, Craig, Ashley and Charles Joseph Smith; also surviving is his brother, John “Jack” Dillon; and a host of nieces and nephews. Joseph will be dearly missed and held forever in the hearts of his family and his friends.

A visitation will be held from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. with funeral services beginning at 2 P.M. on Friday, May 10th at the chapel at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE 19808.  Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joseph’s name to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be made by visiting


Submitted by Kathy and Chip ... on
Gayle, May God rap his loving arms and give you faith, love and support at this difficult time, and know Joe is watching over you until you meet again. Love you Kathy and Chip Herbster

Submitted by The Smiths on
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Hopefully reflecting on all the good times you've shared together will help ease the pain that you feel. May "the God of all comfort" strengthen you at this time of sadness, and may His promise for the future bring you peace (Hosea 13:14, 2 Corinthians 1:3).

Submitted by Brenda DiVincenzo on
My thoughts and prayers are with the Dillon family during this time of loss. I remember him as quiet man and someone who loved his family dearly. Peace be with you all. Brenda Kern DiVincenzo

Submitted by Ana Williams on
We are never prepared for the loss of our love ones. May you have many happy memories. Christ Jesus own death and resurrection opened the way for mankind to be release from death by means of the Earthly Resurrection Acts 24:15

Submitted by Sonia on
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7) May the hope of a resurrection right here on a restored earth bring you comfort. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life) Psalm 37:11, 29) But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it. My deepest sympathy

Submitted by Bill Jones on
I worked with Joe at the News Journal. He took me under his wing when I was a young pup and was a great role model. Rest In Peace Joe. Bill J.