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Obituaries Dr. Raymond Dillon

Dr. Raymond D. Dillon, 78, Wausau, WI, died May 2, 2003 under the care of Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Community Health Care Wausau Hospital.

He was born April 19, 1925 in Superior, WI, son of the late James and Emma (Neighardt) Dillon. On June 7, 1950, he married Bernice Munnings in Superior.

He was a veteran of the 454th Bomber Group of the Army Air Corps. During World War II, his plane was shot down and he was a P.O.W. in Nazi Germany until the end of the war. He later joined the Air Force Reserve and retired at the rank of major.

Dr. Dillon came to Vermillion in 1965 as the chairman of the zoology department and was a professor of biology at USD for 25 years. During his career he lead scientific expeditions to Central America, the Artic Circle and to the Atomic Bomb test site on Eniwetok Atoll. He was perhaps best known for his three expeditions to Antarctica where he took USD graduate students to study microorganisms in harsh climates.

He was a past president for Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow) and South Dakota Academy of Science. He was also a life member of New York Academy of Science, South Dakota Academy of Science, University South Dakota Emeriters and University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Dillon, Wausau; one daughter, Cynthia Dillon, Spokane, WA; two sons, David (Cheryl) Dillon, Hermosa, and Roger (Jill) Dillon, Wausau; three grandsons; two great granddaughters; one sister and three brothers.

Memorial services were held at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, WI, on May 4.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice Services, the Alzheimer's Association or USD Scholarship Fund.

Warren 'Buck' Swisher

Warren "Buck" Swish-er, 78, Vermillion, died Friday, May 2, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Vermillion, with burial in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was at 5 p.m. Monday, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Mr. Swisher was born Aug. 24, 1924 in Vermillion to Ernest and Blanche (Macy) Swisher. He attended Vermillion schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he earned a Silver Star as a medic during World War II. He received his GED immediately after his discharge.

He married JoAnn Payton Sept. 6, 1947 in Vermillion. He worked for the Vermillion Plain Talk for almost 10 years before moving to Omaha in 1956, where he was employed as the national advertising manager for the Omaha World Herald.

He returned to Vermillion in 1972 and started his own newspaper, The News and Booster. He spent the last 16 years driving the mini-bus for Early Childhood in Vermillion.

Survivors include his wife, Jo, Vermillion; two sons, Tim (Mary) Swisher, Council Bluffs, IA, and Kevin (Pam) Swisher, Omaha, NE; a daughter, Lori (Doug) Riggs, Tulsa, OK; two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Delmer Moore

Delmer D. Moore, 59, Vermillion, died Saturday, May 3, 2003 at Sunset Manor, Irene.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m., at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Beresford to Herbert and Marie (Jepp) Moore. He graduated from Vermillion High School. He married Carolyn "Kitty" Brown April 16, 1966, in Vermillion. He owned and operated his own semi truck.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the South Dakota National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn "Kitty" Moore, Vermillion; two sons, Todd (Susann) and Troy, all of Vermillion; his mother, Marie Moore, Lennox; brothers Duane (Lilian) Moore, Las Vegas, NV, and Daryl (Elaine) Moore, Harrisburg; and three grandchildren, Tiffany, Matthew and Dylan.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother-in-law Tom Brown.

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