Jehoshua "Jode" Dillinger, 63, of Oskaloosa, died Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at MHP Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa. He was born May 22, 1946 to Tilford H. and Opal D (Back) Mathre in Mason City, Iowa. He attended the Mason City High School and graduated with the Class of 1964. After graduation he attended Norther Iowa Area Community College and later the University of Iowa and William Penn University. In 1966 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country in Vietnam. He received many metals for his service and was honorably discharged in 1968.
After returning home from the war, he worked at the Armor Company Packing House during in the summers. He also helped on his uncle's farm. He later took a job at Winnebago working on the line for 9 months and held several other jobs in Garner, Iowa. Jode later worked at Front's Seed Corn in Pella as an assistant manager for 9 months before moving to Oskaloosa and took a job sacking seed corn for Pinky Randall. Jode enjoyed reading, especially books on philosophy and Christian Books. He also enjoyed working on his home projects and being out and about visiting with friends. He was a member of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints.
He is survived by his sister, Julie Montgomery of Clear Lake, Iowa.
Jode was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa. Burial will be in the Friends Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel present to greet friends and relatives.
Published on August 28, 2019


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Julie Hyland
Aug 30, 2019
So saddened to hear of Jode's passing but rejoicing that he is now in heaven with the Lord.
Jode would often stop in my office at United Way to say hello and to see if there was anything we needed help with. He had a true servant's heart.
I feel blessed to have know him and will miss his visits, but know that he is celebrating on Streets of Gold.