Robert Ernest Dillabough

Robert Ernest Dillabough, 80, of Great Falls, a retired educator, died of natural causes Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Peace Hospice Residence Center.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1326 1st Ave. N. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Crookston, Minn., to Milton and Mary (Worman) Dillabough. He was the youngest of four children, all boys. He graduated from Crookston High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree and later his masters degree from the University of North Dakota. Bob moved to Great Falls after graduation and taught art, stagecraft and television production at Great Falls High School until his retirment in 1985. He was the first recipient of the Dufresne Foundation's Outstanding Educator Award at Great Falls High School.

Bob married Darla Gay Witty at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Noonan, N.D., on Dec. 23, 1959. He was an avid reader. He enjoyed his family and friends, music, drama, art and being "Mr. Fix-it." Bob loved camping, bike riding and hiking with his family, and he enjoyed his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Darla; daughter Roberta (Rodney) Fuller of Spokane; daughter-in-law Becky Kukay of Great Falls; grandchildren Kila (Dan) Herve and Carson Fuller of Spokane, Kyle (Kylee) Strang of Rapid City, S.D., David (Bri) Strang of Sacramento, Calif., and Shelby Strang of Great Falls; brothers and sisters-in-law Merlyn and Myrna Witty of Minot, N.D., Adelle Wissbrod of Noonan and Darlene and Stanly Diesch of Roseville, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jason; his parents; and his brothers, William, Charles and Harry Dillabough and their wives.

Memorials are suggested to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or Peace Hospice of Montana.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 28, 2013