Robert was a 1948 graduate of Laketon High School. He was a US Army veteran serving 1951-1953 during Korean War time. He married Lois A. Graves in Wabash on Aug. 10, 1957; she died Sept. 25, 2012. Robert retired from Ford Meter Box in 1992. He enjoyed woodworking, trap shooting, hunting groundhogs, bird watching, and gardening. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by three children: James (Becky) Dixon, North Manchester; Dawn (Ben) Hornbaker, Fairmount; Lamar (Tracy) Dixon, Lagro; 11 grandchildren: Daniel Dixon; Beth Dixon, both of Portland; Mark (Rhea) Dixon, Fort Wayne; Dawn Dixon, North Manchester; Susan (Chris) Stage, Baxter, Tenn.; Twyla Nelson, Clinton; Sara Richey, Fairmount; Amanda (Tony) Rasmussen, Lagro; Amber (Ian) Kaehr, Wabash; Jasmine (Brandon) Garl, Huntington; and Bradley Dixon, Lagro; 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister: Margie Grube.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home, Wabash, with Rev. Andrew Stanger and Rev. Rick Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Wabash County YMCA.