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Willene Dilsaver

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Willene Dilsaver, 95, passed away on Aug. 27, 2013 at Mackenzie Place in Fort Collins, Colo.

She was born in Louisiana on March 9, 1918. She was the daughter of Lige T. Blackmore and Bessie (Holland) Blackmore.

She grew up on her parent’s farm near Louisiana and attended school there through the 12th grade. After that, she rode her horse several miles a day to commute from her parents house to a one-room school house where she taught school for two years.

Using the money she made from teaching, she attended the University of Missouri for four years and obtained a bachelor of science degree in home economics. After graduation, she was employed by the National Meat Board in Chicago and toured the midwest area of the country giving cooking demonstrations.

On Aug. 9 1942, Willene married Loren John Dilsaver. They lived in Elkhart, Ind., where she worked as a secretary at Conn Musical Instrument Company and Loren was an inspector for the U.S. Navy at a plant that made copper fittings for submarines.

They later moved to Nacogdoches, Texas where Loren became the manager of a similar plant.

In 1949, they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where she worked part-time for many years as a research assistant in the high altitude baking laboratory at Colorado  State University. She authored and coauthored many publications on high altitude cookery.

Willene was a devoted wife and mother who always had time for her family and made many friends. She was active in church and was a cub scout den mother.

She greatly assisted her husband in many business ventures. Her hobbies included painting, china painting, and golf.

After 69 years of marriage, her husband Loren preceded her in death in 2011. She was also preceded in death by her son, Paul Dilsaver; her brother, Charles Blackmore; and her sister, Alice Love.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Jerry Dilsaver and daughter in-law, Sumi Dilsaver of Kaneohe, Hawaii. She leaves behind many devoted nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held on Sept. 7 at Harmony Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Halcyon Hospice in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. Hwy. 287, Fort Collins, Colo. 80525.