Dillingham served as editor of the Progress since 1980 and was co-publisher with his brother Scott since 1990.
He was born October 11, 1950 in Christian County.
A 1968 graduate of Dawson Springs High School and a 1974 Graduate of Western Kentucky University, Dillingham was destined for newspaper work. The weekly newspaper in Dawson Springs, founded in 1919, had been in the Dillingham family since being purchased by his father in 1946.
“In high school and even into early college, I didn't know if I wanted to come here and do this,” Dillingham had written in a Kentucky Press biography. “Ever since I was a kid, I worked around the paper. At a young age, I liked working there but I saw how hard my dad worked and wasn't sure if I wanted to get into all that. I considered being a cross-country truck driver so I could see the country or a professional baseball player. Working there was almost an anti-influence, you know as a kid, you don't necessarily want to do what your father did.
“I've never worked at a daily because I love the pace and what a weekly means to a community, the editor wrote.
Dillingham served as an officer for KPA and has been instrumental in the continuation of the West Kentucky Press Association.
David Thompson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Press said Monday, “It is with sadness that I learned of Jed's death. He's been on the KPA Board since January 1985, and served his district for 22 years. In fact, he's the only person to have served that district since we expanded KPA in 1985.
“He was always the same. He loved talking about UK basketball, football and horse racing. But when I last saw him, Thursday night, Jed was most proud that Steve Beshear is going to be Kentucky's next governor. Jed already had planned how his weekly would cover the inauguration and he was looking forward to that taking place,” Thompson said.
Services for Dillingham will be Thursday, November 15 at Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs. Visitation is between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
He is survived by his mother and father, Niles and Pollyana Orange Dillingham of Dawson Springs a brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Beth Dillingham of Dawson Springs and one niece and nephew.
Dillingham was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Madionsville.