Richard E. Dillon, beloved son of the late Clara Erhardt, was born April 24, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, and passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 in Washington, Missouri at the age of 96 years, 8 months and 10 days.
In August 1949, he was united in marriage to Faith Clonts of Steelville, MO and to this union two daughters were born.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his two daughters, Connie Lynn Dillon Lamb and Nancy Lee Dillon Harvey; son-in-law, Jim Harvey; his wife, Faith Dillon; brothers-in-law, Jim Gladden and Wayne “Jumby” Gladden.
Among those who remain to mourn his parting this life are his son-in-law, Wayne Lamb of Kansas City, MO; two sisters-in-law, Ina Gladden of Cherryville, MO and Eva Gladden of Washington, MO; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He accepted Jesus as a young man and was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church. At the age of 19, Richard served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp. After his discharge from his military service, he enrolled in Ag school at the University of Missouri. Upon graduation, he received a position in Steelville teaching agriculture to WWII Veterans through a program offered by the University of MO and that is where he met his wife, Faith. Richard spent the majority of his career working for the State of MO Highway Department as an appraiser and negotiator in Jackson County, building new highways and working there until retirement.
Richard enjoyed the outdoor life of fly fishing, hunting and gardening. At the age of 89, inspired by his nieces and nephews, he enjoyed bike riding on the Katy Trail. When he turned 90, he celebrated his birthday on an eight mile bike ride with his nieces and nephews and friends. He was known as the oldest bicyclist in Franklin County.
The Family received friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of "More To Go To Heaven For" was sung by Danny Gladden with Rev. Jerry Beers on guitar. Other music of "Amazing Grace" was sung by all family and friends. Memories were shared by family and friends.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery.
Honored to be casket bearers were Danny Gladden, John Gladden, Joe Gladden, Steve Shofner, Hank Epstein and Terry England.
The Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.
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