Robert (Bob) Andrew Dill was born on July 30, 1924 in Mitchell, South Dakota, at his grandmother’s home. He joined the Navy before the U.S. entered WWII at the age of 17; he served for six years. Bob was a gunner’s mate on destroyers during WWII serving in the Atlantic and Pacific. While serving he received training in hydraulics. Bob always told his children that it was an honor to serve our country. Freedom is not FREE, it has come at a cost. Bob flew to Washington D.C. for an Honor Flight for WWII veterans in 2016.
Bob met Maybelle Robison in San Francisco, CA and they were married for 73 & ½ years until she passed in 2017. Bob is survived by five children: Susan Morrison of Tehachapi, CA; Marion Dill (Marion) of Maple Valley, WA; Robert Dill Jr. of Covelo, CA; Sharon Wunder (Jerry) of Cheyenne, WY; and Michael Dill (Roxanna) of Beech Grove, TN. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Bob was also uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Catherine Marie Dill; his brother, Gerald Dill of Longmont, CO, and his sister Helen Fleischman of Tekamah, NE.
After Bob’s time in the Navy, he worked many jobs until he was hired by the Boeing Company in Seattle, WA partially due to his training in hydraulics. While there he worked on the Boeing 707 (Dash 80), the First American jet airliner. He also worked in the Minuteman Missile Program traveling around to many Midwestern states. During Bob’s time in Seattle he was active in the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America as well as his journeys around the Midwestern states. He worked for Boeing for 34 years and retired at the age of 62.
Bob and Maybelle moved to Lewistown, MT after retiring. While living there he was involved in many community projects. He and Maybelle tutored elementary students for reading in the Lewistown School District. Bob was active in the leadership of the Council on Aging and the Senior Citizen Center in Lewistown. He had the honor of being named Senior Citizen of the Year for Central Montana. Bob was an active member with the Masons in Lewistown and he was Potentate of the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple in Billings, MT in 1999. Bob enjoyed being a Shrine clown for many years.
Bob Dill will be sorely missed by family and friends for his unique personality and sense of humor.
The Celebration of Life will take place at the Kiwanis Community House in Cheyenne, WY on Sunday, August 27 from 10 AM to 4 PM including lunch.