Richard Dillon

Obituary of Richard Carleton Dillon

Richard Carleton (Dick) Dillon of Ashburn, VA passed away at the age of 89 on June 8, 2022.  Dick was born December 12, 1932 in Washington D.C. and was raised in Kensington, MD by his parents Leo R. Dillon and Virginia (Tennis) Dillon along with sisters Joanne (Dillon) Ladd & Ginger (Dillon) Quinn.

Later in life, Dick would attend St. Francis College, in Loretto, PA and eventually leave school early to serve in the Army during the Korean War as an analyst in the Army Security Agency, a predecessor to the National Security Agency.  After his tour in the Army, Dick returned to St. Francis College and completed his Business Degree.

While employed with United Airlines at National Airport in Arlington, VA, he would meet the love of his life, Carolyn (Rose) Dillon.  They were married on June 19, 1965 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, VA.  Together, they raised three children, Brian, Alice, and Bruce.  As a family, they enjoyed travel including driving cross-country twice!  An avid fan of Washington, D.C. sports teams, Dick enjoyed attending games with family and friends alike. After a successful career in Sales, Dick “slowed down” by working for a courier service combining two of his favorite things; driving in his car to new places and meeting new people.

An avid model train enthusiast, Dick spent many, many hours designing and building train sets for the enjoyment of his family, friends, and later in life, his seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was such an enthusiast, that at one time, he built a garage just to have a bigger place to build trains!  When not designing and building model train sets, he was a vociferous reader of books and newspapers, and completing the crossword puzzle in The Wall Street Journal on a daily basis.

Above all, Dick was a man of great faith and took pride in living his Catholic faith on a daily basis through thought and deed. He attended Mass daily up until about a week before his passing.  Surrounded by his entire family preceding his passing, Dick passed on to Heaven with the knowledge of the great love his family had for him and the positive impact he had on each family member.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Virginia Dillon, his sister Joanne (Dillon) Ladd and her husband William Ladd and his sister, Ginger (Dillon) Quinn.  He is survived by his loving and devoted Wife, Carolyn (Rose) Dillon; Son, Brian Dillon & Fiancé, Heidi Mahoney and her Daughter, Brooke, of Atkinson, NH, Brian’s daughters, Kathryn (Dillon) Marchwicz & Husband, Scott Marchwicz of Alexandria, VA and Megan Dillon & Fiancé, Josh Kolodny of Watertown, MA; Daughter, Alice (Dillon) Golden & Husband, Walter (Wally) Golden of Leesburg, VA, their children Alexandra (Golden) Shores & Husband Chase Shores of Martinsburg, WV, children Carter and Cassidy; Son Garrett Baxter of Leesburg, VA; and Son, Bruce Dillon & Girlfriend, Michele Roome of Vienna, VA; Bruce’s Sons, Jeremy Dillon (USMC), Pensacola, FL, Grady and Kaden Dillon, Vienna, VA., and Brother-in-Law, John Quinn of Alexandria, VA.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 am, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Potomac Falls, VA.


Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
46639 Algonkian Pkwy
Sterling, Virginia, United States


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Chestnut Grove Cemetery
831 Dranesville Road
Herndon, Virginia, United States
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