COLORADO - Robert Smith Dillon passed from this life to the next with his family by his side on Aug. 23, 2012 at Longmont United Hospital, Longmont, Co.
He was born Nov. 23, 1937, the son of Robert S. Dillon, Sr. and Maxine (Boyd) Dillon in East Liverpool, Oh.
Robert grew up in Lisbon and North Lima, Oh. He is a graduate of North Lima High School, class of 1955, and played football for North Lima.
After high school he attended Mount Union College where he majored in business administration and played football his freshman year. While at Mount Union he became a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
After college, Bob and his college sweetheart, Arlyn, were married, July 17, 1959 and enjoyed 53 happy years together.
Over the years, Bob has been co-owner and operator of a gas service station in North Lima and Hubbard, Ohio, a coal strip mine company, and Indian Brave family campground.
He was employed as supervisor and consultant for AA Pipeline and in later years owned and operated a rock climbing wall business from 2000 to2011.
His first love and longest lasting occupation was '' Over the road'' trucking, becoming one of the original ''Owner Operator'' Association members.
Growing up, Bob belonged to Good Hope Lutheran Church in North Lima, then Fairfield Methodist where he and his wife served as adult leaders of the Youth Fellowship.
After moving to Columbiana the family became members of Columbiana Methodist Church for more than 30 years and finally joined Lake Ozark Church of Christ in Lake Ozark, Mo. His favorite interest was his family.
He is survived by his wife, Arlyn (Stewart) Dillon, sons, Dr. Robert Randy Dillon of Evergreen, Co. (wife Lynn) and George Taylor Dillon of Longmont, Co.; a daughter, Heidi (Dillon) Dix (husband Mark) of Humble, Texas; two brothers: Richard Dillon (wife Sue) of Florida and Tom Dillon (wife Joann) of New Waterford; and six grandchildren: Mark Robert Dix, Ashley Dix, Jackson Bussard, Keegan Dillon, Cole Dillon, and Luke Dillon, also six nieces and seven nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Shannon (Dillon) Bussard, a sister, Marilyn (Dillon) Garrod, and a grandson, Christian Dillon.
Visitation and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 8, 2012 at Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana with burial following at Cresthaven Memorial Gardens on state Rt. 7.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warriors, Salvation Army, or Heifer International.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the online guest registry or to send private condolences.