L. William Dilts, 89

L. William Dilts, 89, of Tarpon Springs, Fl. and Oswego, NY, passed away on November 28, 2010.

Born in Geneva, NY a resident of Waterloo, NY for a number of years, the son of the late LeRoy N. Dilts and Helen (Hoad) Dilts.

He graduated from Waterloo High School, Class of 1939. Mr. Dilts was a graduate of SUNY Brockport in 1949 with a BS Degree. He earned a MS Degree from Syracuse University in 1953.

He was a WWII Army Veteran and served in the No. Africa, Sicily, Italy and Anzio campaigns from Nov. 1942 through Oct. 1945.

He coached and taught for 33 years: 1949-1953 at St. Francis DeSales High School, Geneva, NY and 1953-1982 at Oswego High School, Oswego, NY, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of the Elks for several years.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Mary C. (Paulsen); one daughter, Kristine A. (Ted) Volkomer of Oswego; three sons, William R. (Cindy) of Roscoe, Il; Patric J. (Sharon) of Oswego; Stephen J. (Ruth) of Pittsburgh, PA; two granddaughters, seven grandsons, three great grandchildren; one sister, Norma Wood of Seneca Falls and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, George N. Dilts; a sister, Margaret Vanatta and a sister-in-law Louise (Murphy) Dilts.

Funeral Services will be held 3p.m. Saturday, at Nelson Funeral Home. Calling hours will be held 1p.m. to 3p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.

Contributions may be made to DeSales High School, 90 Puleney Street, Geneva, NY 14456.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com


  1. To The Family of Mr. Dilts:

    I was very sad to see that Mr. Dilts has passed on.

    Many, many of his students will rue his death. His PE classes were always a beacon for my friends and me. It was with eagerness that we crossed West First Street to the YMCA where our classes were held, not a venue that offerred much breadth. He made sure that we had fun in our activities; he gave us choices as much as he could. When we reluctantly retraced our steps back to the main building we were soaked with sweat but ready to resume our classes; we had blown off enough steam to see us through another day. In an era of some restrictiveness and little student freedom he allowed us some daily control of our lives. The classes were large but he managed them well. He often gave gentle encouragement during the class, actually recruiting for his track progam. In effect, noticing every one of us. Although I have been long gone from the old OHS, memories of Mr. Dilts stay with me.

    Go lightly, Mr. Dilts.


    Bob Salesi
    OHS 1958

  2. To the Family and Friends Of Bill Dilts-

    Everyone remembers him as a football and track coach while very few remember him as the coach of freshman basketball.

    He was at his best as the basketball coach in that he stressed fundamentals and showed infinite patience with a hapless bunch of 14 year olds each year. Each year he would hand over two or three players to Mel McFee, the Jayvee coach, who would then lift each kid’s knowledge of the game another notch. They then went to Dave Powers who got all the credit for being such a geat coach. The groundwork or foundation started with Bill Dilts.

    When I went to high school I had “two left feet” and he was most instrumental in developing me as a basketball player. I’ve told this to any and all who would listen to me over the years; much to their dismay. Had it not been for Bill Dilts I would never have developed as a player. He was a great basketball coach.

    I will miss him.

    Don Capron

    OHS 1959

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