1934-2012

Paul “Dick” Tilton, 77, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at his residence.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Carroll with the Rev. Dennis Bailey officiating. The family will greet friends at a luncheon following the service in the church fellowship hall. Organist for the service will be Nancy Davis, and the Rev. Dennis Bailey will sing a guitar solo.

A private graveside service with military honors by the Carroll American Legion will be held at Carroll City Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in Carroll, Cardiac Rehab at St. Anthony Regional Hospital or Animal Rescue League of Greater Des Moines.

  Funeral arrangements are under direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family atwww.dahnandwoodhouse.com

Dick was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Carroll, a son of Harry and Adah (Peacock) Tilton. Dick was a lifelong resident of Carroll and attended Carroll Public Schools. He worked for HR Cleaners for several years before he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and served three years at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and was trained in radar. He served one year in Labrador Newfoundland before he was honorably discharged in 1962.

He was married to Cleo Kaiser on Dec. 30, 1962 at First Presbyterian Church in Paulina, Iowa. Following his military career he attended barber school in Davenport, Iowa. He then returned to Carroll and owned and operated a barber shop for 10 years. He then purchased HR Cleaners from H.R. Smith and operated it until his retirement in 1998.

Dick was a member of First United Methodist Church in Carroll, the Carroll American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge. He had a strong work ethic and always kept busy. He enjoyed working on his cars and visiting and making friends wherever he went. His passion was the cats he and Cleo had — Dolly and Buddy.

Dick is survived by his wife, Cleo of Carroll; a sister-in-law Mary Tilton of Granite City, Ill.; his favorite niece Francie Haack and her husband Richard of Granite City, Ill.; a nephew Donald Tilton of Denver, Colo.; and he was Uncle Dick to Kristi Vaile and her husband Mike of Williamsburg, Iowa, Buckley Wolter and his wife Nikki of Prior Lake, Minn., and Carrie Wolter of Seattle, Wash.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward and Donald Tilton; and a beloved sister-in-law Sharon Wolter, whom he always called Sissy.