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Robert "Bob" J Dillon

March 21, 1931 ~ February 17, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Robert "Bob" Dillon Obituary

Robert was born March 21, 1931, in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, the second child of Paul Andrew and Anna Bender Dillon. Robert passed away peacefully Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the Atlanta Veterans Administrative Hospital in Decatur, Georgia after being surrounded by family in prayer.

In addition to his parents and stepfather, Charles A. Lantzy, Robert was preceded in death by wife, Joyce Eileen Dillon (Hertzog), sons Joseph Paul Dillon and James Robert Dillon, brother Richard Dillon and sisters Pauline Dillon and JoAnne Ownes Maneval (Dillon).

He graduated from high school in Hastings, Pennsylvania in 1949, and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950. He served 4 years during the Korean War from 1950-1954. After receiving his honorable discharge, he was accepted to Penn State University where he studied music and mechanical engineering, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Robert’s career as an Automotive Design Engineer spanned over 4 decades starting with Ford Motors in Detroit, Michigan, Brockway Motors in Cortland, New York, Mack Trucks in Hagerstown, Maryland and South Carolina until retiring in 1993. He was a long-standing member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and received licensing as a Professional Engineer in three states. In 2001 he relocated to Gainesville, Georgia to be closer to his daughters & grandson.

Robert was devoted to his family, faith, church, and country. He served as a volunteer for multiple church ministries, school organizations and the American Legion.  Robert continued his love for music playing his saxophone and clarinet in local big bands, orchestras, and church ministries until the age of ninety. He once performed as a guest musician for the Guy Lombardo Orchestra.

Robert is survived by two daughters, Julie Anne Holloway (Robert) and Joni Lynne Bennett (Bhupendra Chhetri), one grandchild, James Perry Holloway and two step grandchildren, Robert Carl Holloway and Cassandra Lynn Holloway (Deborah Stone) and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family will receive family and friends at Memorial Park South Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542.

Funeral Mass will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 6439 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 11:30 AM. There will be a luncheon immediately after the service. Funeral Mass will also be live streamed on 2/28/24 at 11:30am for family & friends unable to attend. https://popfb.org/ 

A Memorial Service will be held by the Veterans Administration in his honor at the chapel in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Decatur, Georgia. The family will announce a future date.

Robert will be inurned at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Cortland, New York. The family will announce a future date.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in Robert’s name to The American Legion Post 0007, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30501

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
February 27, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Memorial Park South Funeral Home
4121 Falcon Parkway
Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Funeral Mass
Wednesday
February 28, 2024

11:30 AM
Prince of Peace Catholic Church (Spout Springs Road, Georgia)

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