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Robert Dillow | Obituary | Commercial News

Robert C DillowRobert C. Dillow, 53, died Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Urbana, Illinois. Bob passed away at home accompanied by his “dog assistant” Francisco. Bob suffered from a “widow-maker” heart condition which he sought treatment for over the years; he often prophesied about and feared an untimely death. Ultimately, his big heart took him from us too soon.

Bob was born on March 28, 1968, in Decatur and attended school both in Mt. Zion and Oakwood, Illinois. The family moved to Oakwood in the 1980’s after purchasing the Oakwood Market. During high school, Bob worked for the family business and was active in Oakwood High School Student Council.

Bob received an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois and his JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005. His professional endeavors included work with title companies; Although the past few years, he had explored entrepreneurial pursuits, dreamed of moving to a warmer climate, and had jobs below his intellect to make ends meet.

Bob was known for the best quips, wise council, keen intellect, and a quirky sense of humor. He was a master storyteller, had a raucous laugh, and a vandal’s smile. He wouldn’t pass up a good debate and was highly skilled in playing “the devil’s advocate” on most topics. Sometimes, friends couldn’t tell if he was being serious, ironic, or ornery. Most of all, he was a loyal and attentive human being.

Bob was a foodie. He enjoyed good music, craft beer, and a stiff drink. He suffered horribly from insomnia, which gave him plenty of time to ponder life. He was a student of many things, including relationships. His quest for the perfect companion was realized in meeting Francisco, his dog assistant.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Gordon R. Dillow in July 2013, and his mother, Karen (Boswell) Dillow in March 2014. Gordon and Karen were married 50 years. Bob spent hours visiting his parents’ graves at Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana where his own ashes now rest. There were no services for Bob at the time of his death and no opportunity for the aggrieved to say goodbye. Robert C. Dillow was loved and is missed dearly by many friends. His laughter echoes in our memory. His friendship made us better humans.

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