Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
July 12, 2012 11:20 am EDT


FREDERICKTOWN — Doris Jean Semler Dilts, 80, of Fredericktown, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012. She was born Oct. 4, 1931 in Hancock County, Ohio, to the late Ralph and Ruth (Frederick) Semler.

A member of the Pioneer Class of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, she held an A.A. and a B.A. from MVNU, both earned summa cum laude. She served as operations coordinator for The Kenyon Review.

She is survived by a daughter: Glenda (Marshall Cohen) Dilts of Howard; sons; Ralph Dilts of San Diego, Calif., Phillip (Brenda) Dilts, Eric (Lisa L.) Dilts and John (Lisa K.) Dilts all of Fredericktown; several grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Jerry Semler of Tulsa, Okla.; and a sister; Thelma Semler Barberree of Findlay.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years; Glenn R. Dilts; her parents and an infant sister.

Until the death of her husband, she was secretary-treasurer of the Dilts Lumber Co., and marketing director of Glenwood Crafts. She was a past member and officer of the Ohio Arts and Craft Guild, and a member of Ohio Designer Craftsman.

A member of the Mount Vernon Jubilee Foursquare Church, over the years she served as a teacher, a council member, and hospitality chairman.

She was a member and former treasurer of the Knox County Renaissance Foundation, a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau, the Phi Delta Lambda Academic Honor Society, and the Knox County Symphony Board. She was a longtime award-winning member of the Mount Vernon Toastmasters.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Jubilee Foursquare Church, 509 N. Main Street, Mount Vernon, where friends may call one hour prior. Rev. Jerry Morgan will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doris Jean Dilts Scholarship Fund and can be deposited at any branch of First-Knox National Bank. To view this obituary or leave the family a private condolence, visit

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