FORESTVILLE: John “Jack” C. Dillenburg, III, 73, of Straight Road, Forestville, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, May 15th, in the Town of Sheridan. He was born in Dunkirk on March 21, 1939, the son of the late John C. and Wynona (Holdridge) Dillenburg, II.
Mr. Dillenburg was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1957 and in 1959, he graduated from State Ranger School, Wanakena, NY, an affiliate of the State School of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.
He served with the Army National Guard as a Sgt. from 1962-1968 where he earned the Sharpshooter Badge w/Rifle Bar and Marksmanship Badge w/Pistol Bar. Mr. Dillenburg served as Clerk of the Chautauqua County Legislature from 1998 to 2002 and also retired as an Industrial Pipe Fitter from the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel, Dunkirk. Mr. Dillenburg was a former Trustee & Mayor of the Village of Forestville, which is when the tennis & basketball courts were installed, was an Exempt Member & Past President of the Forestville Fire Department, served for 6 years as District Coordinator for former State Assemblyman Rolland Kidder, was former Chairman of the Chautauqua County Democratic Party, former NYS Democratic Committee Person, former Democratic Person of the Year, served in the Chautauqua County Legislature from 1980-1987, where he served on the Finance Committee for 5 years, Chairman of Public Works for 5 out of the 6 years on the committee, Agriculture and Community Development for 2 years, member of Region 9 Forest Practice Board and State Representative, member of the NYS Ranger School Alumni Association, former Supervisor for Town of Arkwright from 1992-2003, former Coach of Forestville Girls Babe Ruth League in the late 1970′s through early 1980′s and was a member of the American Chestnut Association. He was a very giving person and always was willing to give political advice. Mr. Dillenburg enjoyed hunting, fishing, especially chartered fishing, casinos and scratch off lottery tickets.
Survivors include his wife Carol (Dillenkofer) Dillenburg of Forestville, a daughter, Amy Farnham, of Forestville and a granddaughter Maeghan Farnham. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a sister Carole McCune.
Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Memorial Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to Sheridan Fire Dept., PO Box 122 Sheridan, NY 14135. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com