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Obituary released for Ohio teen Harley Dilly; Public memorial service to be held Jan. 25

A public memorial is scheduled next weekend in honor of 14-year-old Harley Dilly, who was found dead after being missing for three weeks.
Harley Dilly (Port Clinton Police Department)

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WTOL) — A public memorial is scheduled next weekend in honor of a Port Clinton teen who was found dead after being missing for three weeks.

Harley Dilly went missing on Dec. 20 and wasn't found until Jan. 14, when police discovered he had gotten stuck inside the chimney of a vacant home.

Harley's obituary was released on Thursday, it reads:

"Harley J. Dilly, 14, of Port Clinton, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He was born on August 12, 2005 in Fremont, Ohio, the son of Marcus and Heather (Styndl) Dilly.

Harley was a Freshman at Port Clinton High School, and enjoyed various sports, gaming, robotics, making YouTube videos and singing. He always felt like he was the underdog, and as a result, he had a very giving heart and became very brave. He hated to make mistakes, and was inspired to become a counselor or a leader in the future.

Did you ever find a penny while walking through town? Harley would drop pennies while walking, as pennies from Heaven for other people. He had a soft heart and wanted to be a blessing to other people. Every year during the Christmas holiday season, he would volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

He was a loving son, brother and grandson, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends, including his three best friends: James, Daniel and Junior.

Survivors include his parents, Marcus and Heather; sister, Ashlyn Dilly; brother, Roary Dilly; maternal grandparents, Robert and Carolee Styndl; paternal grandmother, Mary Dilly; aunts, Meredith (Robert) Marflak and Betty (Frank) Dotson; uncles, Raymond Dilly, Jr. and Christopher Dilly; niece, Rylee Dilly-Daly; as well as many cousins, and friends from school. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Raymond Dilly, Sr., and maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Rose Styndl, Sr."

Memorial contributions may be made on PayPal for the establishment of a scholarship fund in Harley’s name.

Online condolences may be shared with the family online.

On Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., the community is invited to gather in mourning at the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home in Port Clinton. A memorial luncheon will also be open to the public from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. the same day at St. John Lutheran Church.