The funeral service for Robert L. Dillinger will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gillette, Wyoming, with Pastor Clint Pickrel officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, and a luncheon will follow at Ruff’s Bar in Rozet, Wyoming. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Walker Funeral Home.
Robert Lee Dillinger, 87, passed away May 11, 2019, at Close to Home Hospice Hospitality House in Gillette, Wyoming of natural causes.
Robert Lee Dillinger was born on May 19, 1931, to Jacob and Della (Coffee) Dillinger in Dillinger, Wyoming. Bob did many chores at his parent’s homestead and worked the horses with his brothers. As a young man, he worked for the Gillette Sale Barn for numerous years.
Bob attended Gillette Schools, graduated from high school in 1949, and went to full-time ranching with his mother, Della. They had a ranch full of Hereford cattle and later started to raise Quarter Horses.
In 1960, Bob married Claralee Fox and they continued to ranch on the home place, which they purchased from Della. The couple had two daughters: Phoebe and Carrie.
Both Bob and Claralee have been active members of the Farm Bureau in Campbell County. Bob served as president of the Campbell County Farm Bureau several times. Through years of marriage, Bob and Claralee have shared their love for the horses they raise and the cattle they have had.
In 1953, Bob took over weather observation for the National Weather Service, continuing until he was no longer able to. However, the family has carried on the tradition.
Bob is survived by his wife, Claralee; two daughters, Phoebe (David) Anderson; Carrie (Tim) Allison, one granddaughter, Fillie (Anthony) Gibson; three great-grandchildren, Ceinya, Kadynce, and Adam, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Earl, Jay, and Bill, two sisters, Margaret and Inez and step-father, Bob Bratton.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Bob’s name to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com