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He was born march 11, 1956, in Charleston, South Carolina the son of Edward and Vivian Michael Dilligard.
He was united in marriage to Donna J. Clay on August 21, 1982, in LaBelle, MO and she preceded him in death on November 9, 2013. Michael was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister Dorothy Singleton.
Surviving are two sons, Marcus Leon Dilligard and wife Kristin and their son Aziah Kaylon Dilligard of Charlotte, N.C., Gregory Eugene Dilligard of Canton, MO, two daughters Phylicia Nicole Manley of Quincy, IL and Tamara Novel and Kevin of Kansas City, MO, his mother-in-law Zonia Clay of LaBelle, MO, five brothers, Leonard Dilligard and wife Naomi of Richmond, VA, Earl and Kenneth Dilligard of Charleston, S.C., Edward Dilligard, Jr. and wife Linda of Philadelphia, PA, Dan Simmons and wife Brenda of Canton, MO, three sisters, Renee Dilligard of Richmond, VA, Lois and Vivian Dilligard of Charleston, S.C., one brother-in-law Robert Kyle Clay and wife Elizabeth of LaBelle, MO, one sister-in-law Patricia Sanchez and husband Adalberto of Hollywood, FL, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Michael was raised in Charleston, South Carolina where he lived with eight brothers and sisters and graduated from High School. After eighteen years he left to go to Moberly Area Junior College where he met Donna Clay, who soon became Donna Dilligard. Michael was employed with Ameren Electric for thirty-six years. He loved basketball, coaching, traveling, hanging with family and friends and most of all helping anyone that he could.
Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014, in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium at Culver-Stockton College at Canton, MO. Pastor James Salter officiated the services. Burial was in the LaBelle Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Family. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO, 63447.