Dilts Sr., Fred William (August 29, 1873 - December 17, 1943)

Fred Dilts Dies of a Heart

Attack Early This Morning Prominent Stockman Stricken Wednesday Afternoon; Was Seventy Years Old

Unknown - December 17, 1943

Again this community is enveloped in a feeling of depression as news of the sudden death of Fred Dilts, Sr., this morning reaches his many friends and acquaintances. He passed away at the Douglas hospital about 2 o'clock this morning from a heart attack. He was 70 years of age.

Mr. Dilts was down town Wednesday morning and complained to friends that he was not feeling well. As he neared his home about noon members of the family said he became very weak and feared he would not reach his door. He felt some better in the comfort of his easy chair, but later in the afternoon became worse and was removed to the Memorial hospital about 9 o'clock.

At this time a date for funeral services has not been named. The time will not be known until replies are received from out-of-town relatives.

Fred William Dilts was born on August 29, 1873, at Zanesville, Ohio. When 12 years of age his family moved to Halstead, Kan. In 1906 Mr. Dilts came to Wyoming and for a time worked for John Kern on the LaBonte. Later he entered into partnership and ran sheep at Ft. Fetterman. He then took up a homestead near Bear Creek where he continued to run sheep of his own.

In 1917 he bought a ranch on the LaBonte. He had continued to build up his holdings with energy and good judgment until his is one of the largest sheep outfits in the county, with extensive land holdings both north and south of Douglas.

On December 3, 1921, he was married to Elnora Dunkelberger, who was a government employee at Washington, D.C. They were married in Chicago and lived on the LaBonte ranch for 17 years, moving to Douglas in 1938 into their beautiful modern home on North Fifth street.

To this union two sons were born, Fred William, Jr., now with the U.S. army taking special work at a university in Washington state, and John Calvin, who has been assisting his father in the ranching business.

Survivors besides his wife and sons are two brothers, Frank of Newton, Kan., and Paul, at Elkhorn river near Glendo; three sisters, Mrs. John Walker of Norfolk, Va., Ethel Dilts and Mrs Roy Kessler of Newton, Kan., and 19 nieces and nephews.

The passing of Fred Dilts is not only a great loss to his family but also to Douglas and Converse county. He was a constant booster for better things and was active in all affairs that promised improvement for his county and town. He served four years in the state legislature as a representative from this county, being elected in 1925 and again in 1927.

The Budget Joins with the citizens of the county in extending sincere sympathy to the family in their great loss.


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