Robert N. “Harp” Dillman, 81, of Amherst, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, following a long illness. He was born August 1, 1932 in Flora, Illinois. He was raised in Illinois before moving to Amherst at the age of 25, where he had made his home until his passing.
He proudly served in the United States Army with the Tank Corps, during the Korean War. Robert was known to be a hard worker. He owned and operated a Shell Service Station in Lorain; he managed six service stations for Varough Oil as well as the Texico station at the Vermilion turnpike plaza. Robert also worked at A.L. Williams Financial Group in Lorain as a financial investment counselor and insurance salesman. As a young man, Harp worked in the oil fields in Indiana and Illinois where his work ethic was formed.
He was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst and served as an offering counter. Robert was a member of the American Legion Post #118 in Amherst. Most important to Harp was time spent with his family, something he treasured all his life.
Survivors include his son and his wife, Robert B. and Karen Dillman of LaGrange; his daughters and their husbands, Saundra Ann and George Yovanovich of LaGrange, Ellen Kay and John Sand of Lorain, Teresa Jo and John Scimemi of LaGrange; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Joyce M. Dillman (nee Mattingly) on December 8, 2011; his sisters, Nadine Tolliver and Naomi Ann Pritchard; and his parents, George and Velva Dillman (nee Welch).
Friends may call Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Closing prayers will be held Monday morning, March 17, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held immediately following at 10 A.M. from St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. The Rev. Fr. Lawrence Martello will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Amherst.
Memorial contributions can be made in Robert’s memory to the family.