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Ronald James Dillon, age 72 of Warren, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at home. He was born May 13, 1945 in Detroit, son of the late Martin and the late Marjorie (nee: Kavanaugh) Dillon.

Love comes to each of us in different forms, and for Ron the spark was lit one day by a chance meeting at a Top Hat burger joint with a beautiful young girl by the name of Carol. That encounter would blossom over the next six months, and culminate in the two becoming husband & wife. These lovebirds were married in 1965 and were blessed to share a wonderful 52 years together.

Ron was employed for many years at St. Jude Catholic Church in Detroit where his responsibilities included managing & maintaining the church's upkeep and cleanliness in his role as its Custodial Supervisor. With reverence for the church and his strong work ethics, Ron did an exemplary job in the services he rendered,…and performed his duties with the heart of a servant.

When he wasn't working, you'd often find Ron enjoying his love for the outdoors and soaking up all the goodness that the Mitten has to offer. One of his outdoor passions included working in the yard and keeping everything in ship-shape quality. Basically, he took the finer points of the work he performed at the church and simply applied them to making his yard a thing of beauty as well. Another outdoor activity that brought him immeasurable joy was jet-skiing on Lake St. Clair. There was always great fun and entertainment that accompanied putting the machine in the water and creating that mighty rooster tail that followed his piercing the waves.

Yet, without question, his absolute favorite outdoor activity came with every "porch sitting" experience he took time to enjoy. He was quite the "people-person" and simply found something special and calming each time he sat to soak in all the people and surroundings that made each porch experience unique. Sitting on the porch may just be one of the single most remembrances that many will reflect upon when Ron comes to mind. Some of Ron's other interests included his love of cars and feeding his passion for playing the lottery.

Considered to be more of a quiet kind of guy, Ron was often affectionately known as a "Gentle Giant" of a man. Possessing a strong and confident inner core, what most people witnessed was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back,…with no questions asked. Ron's love ran deep, but was very personal in its nature. Public displays were rare,…but if he loved you, there was never a question or doubt. And perhaps Ron's deepest conveyance of this immense love was seen in his devotion and adoration for his only granddaughter, Amanda,…known more affectionately to Grandpa as "Baby." Even unto his passing, she was always Baby to him. She was his pride & joy, and she meant the world to him. His love and pride for Baby was witnessed in so many ways and through many different offerings, but his joy exploded wonderfully with the news of Baby's graduation from college. On that day, Grandpa couldn't have been more proud, nor honored, at this momentous achievement.

Yet not merely with his granddaughter, he was also a loving husband, father and brother, and touched a multitude of hearts and souls with his gentle, compassionate nature as he journeyed through life. He leaves a legacy of love for all to embrace with each reflection shared. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Ronald was the beloved husband of Carol. Dearest father of Kimberly Dillon, and loving grandfather of Amanda Cherry "Baby." The youngest child of 12, Ron leaves to cherish his memory, siblings, Bernice, Eileen, Kathleen, Norma, Martina, Beverly, and was preceded in death by Patrick, Mike, Audrey, Geraldine, and Kenny.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

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