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September 16, 2010

John M. Dilkey

April 26, 1944 - Sept. 14, 2010

SLIDELL, La. — John M. Dilkey, 66, of Slidell, La., passed away Sept. 14, 2010, surrounded by his family and friends at Slidell Memorial Hospital.

John was a native of Anderson, Ind., and a resident of Louisiana since 1979. A beloved musician, composer and arranger, John retired from Tulane University as band director after 21 years. He was a teacher for the Talented Music Program in St. Tammany Parish, a State Talented Music Evaluator, and was a board member for the Slidell Symphony Society. A loving husband, father, and friend, his talents, humor, and generosity will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joan Dilkey; two children, Angela Dilkey Haas (husband, Kenneth), and Ryan Dilkey (wife, Jennifer); and extended family in Anderson, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Ruth Dilkey.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the DuBuisson Gallery, 300 Robert St., Olde Towne, Slidell, LA 70458. (985) 649-0555.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Slidell Symphony Society to fund music education in our local schools. Checks may be made to Slidell Symphony Society, P.O. Box 471, Slidell, LA 70459.

Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell, La.

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