Richard E. Dillon was born April 24, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to Clara Erhardt and passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at the age of 96 years, 8 months and 10 days.
In August 1949 he married Faith Clonts of Steelville, Missouri.
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, Missouri 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.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two daughters, Connie Lynn Dillon Lamb and Nancy Lee Dillon Harvey; son-in-law, Jim Harvey; his wife, Faith Dillon; and brothers-in-law, Jim Gladden and Wayne “Jumby” Gladden.
He is survived by his son-in-law, Wayne Lamb of Kansas City, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Ina Gladden of Cherryville, Missouri and Eva Gladden of Washington, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of “I’ve Got More to Go to Heaven For” was sung by Danny Gladden with Rev. Jerry Beers on piano. Other music of “Amazing Grace” was sung by the congregation. Memories were shared by family.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Danny Gladden, John Gladden, Joe Gladden, Steve Shofner, Hank Epstein and Terry England.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.