Robert Martin Dillenback

KENT, Ohio – Robert Martin Dillenback, 77, of Kent, Ohio died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Kent Healthcare Center.

He was born May 6, 1936, in Grand Haven, Mich., to Marion and Louise M. (Heminger) Dillenback.

He was the executive director of Sheltered Workshops in many areas of the Midwest. Bob retired from Forest City Enterprises as a maintenance supervisor. He attended the United Methodist Church in Kent and was a member of the Rees Chapel Methodist Church in Keyser, W.V. He was also a former member of the Calumet Elks Lodge and the Keyser, W.V. Lions Club. Bob was a Firefighter for the city of Grand Haven, Mich., and served on the City Council for many years. He organized the Toys for Tots program in Grand Haven and was one of the planners in the construction of the musical fountain also in Grand Haven.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lois Jeanne (Golden), whom he married in a blinding snow storm in Baraga, on November 18, 1978; a son, Eric (Lisa) Grenier of Marinette, Wis.; a daughter, Kim (John) Gilmet of Aguana, Calif.; granddaughters, Skyler and Lynsey Grenier; sisters-in-law, Lynne Palo, Lisa (John) Kemppainen and Luanne (Charles) Hamel; nieces and nephews, Daniel (Amber) Kemppainen, Jill (Jeremie) Moore, Robbie (Laura) Hamel, Michael Hamel and Lindsay Hamel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Louise Dillenback; brothers, Thomas and John Dillenback.

Memorial services will be held in the United Methodist Church in Kent and in Houghton, at a later date.

Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory are handling the arrangements.