ROBERT LEE "BOB" DIXON (1942 - 2012)

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Robert Lee Dixon (Bob), Born April 12, 1942, died peacefully surrounded by his family on August 25, 2012. Raised in Pawhuska, OK, he lived in Winter Springs, FL for the last 38 years. In his youth, Bob was a paper boy, square dancer, Boy Scout, Explorer, and artist. In high school he was Football Captain, Student Council President, Key Club President, and drummer in the band. He worked as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He attended Oklahoma State University where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity, of which he was a life long member. He celebrated 50 years with the fraternity this year. In 1965, Bob married his college sweetheart.
Bob served in the United States Air Force for 8 years as an air-traffic-controller, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. While serving at the Air Force Academy, he completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado. As a civilian he became a pharmaceutical sales representative where he relocated to Central Florida and worked for the same company for 27 years. He enjoyed getting to know many doctors, nurses and office staff throughout his working years. Bob was a loving husband, proud father, and doting Poppop. He always supported the activities of his children and grandchildren. He was a Webelos Leader and a Cub Scout Pack Leader. He enjoyed golf, photography, sailing, dancing, growing decorative plants, art projects/sculptures and listening to all types of music with a strong appreciation for classical. In retirement he worked part time at a local golf shop, which he enjoyed so much that he called it "his therapy." He actively supported football and his fraternity at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where both of his children earned their degrees. The giant knight he created from wine corks has become a notorious fixture at UCF tailgate gatherings.
Bob always stayed true to his roots and proudly wore his cowboy hat and boots. He was well known for his big smile, story and joke telling, and playful nature. He never met a stranger, made others feel special and would not hesitate to brag about his family. He was one of a kind, and had a gift for lighting up a room. The beautiful artwork he created will be appreciated for years to come, and more importantly, his spirit will continue to make the world a more beautiful place.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elaine "Campbell" Dixon, his children Marnie Blaser and Derrick Dixon, their spouses John Blaser and Kathryn Dixon, his four grandchildren, Andrew and Emma Blaser, Dylan and Austin Dixon, all of Winter Springs, FL. Also his sisters Jannine Edgar of Pawhuska, OK and Joyce Pool of Bartlesville, OK, their spouses, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
The following quote was found on his desk and exemplifies his legacy: "I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good I think I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." -William Penn
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob Dixon's name to any of the following organizations/charities: "The Sigma Chi Foundation-Gamma Delta or Eta Pi Chapter Scholarships", Arts Alive in Seminole (a charitable arm of The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools) or St. Judes Children's Hospital.Arrangements are entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, 9001 N. Orlando Avenue, Maitland, Florida 32751.(407) 695-CARE(2273) To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Robert Lee "Bob" Dixon please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, 2012
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