Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Acton, 81, of Preston, passed away on July 7, 2019, following a struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Bob was born on March 29, 1938, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the son of Robert and Bertha (Warwick) Acton. Bob, affectionately called "Sonny" by family and Ohio friends, was the second of five children. Bob was united in marriage to Dollie Ritenour on June 17, 1960.
Bob attended Ohio State University on a full-ride Merit Scholarship, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in poultry science. While earning his degrees, Bob worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife raising pheasants in Urbana. He then went on to complete his doctorate in agricultural economics at Purdue University.
Bob and Dollie lived in Platteville, Wis., until his retirement in 2008, when they moved back to settle in Preston, where he resided until his passing.
Bob will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, travel and camping with family and friends, tinkering and building things, and computer programming. He also enjoyed playing cards - especially euchre, square dancing or dancing the jitterbug with Dollie, telling stories to any and everyone, and building epic campfires. Being raised on a farm led Bob to a career in agriculture and a love of farming, and ultimately, brought him and Dollie to a plot of land in Preston where his lasting legacy will be the old barn that he and Dollie converted into a home.
Bob is survived by his wife, Dollie Acton of Preston; four children, Sharon (Curt) Saunders of Prior Lake, Robin Nevole of Pueblo West, Colo., Robert (Melissa) Acton of Eagan, and Donald Acton of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Nicholas (Erin) Acton, Breanna Saunders, Christopher Acton, Jessica Nevole, Patrick Acton, Alyssa Saunders, and Cheyenne Nevole; and great-grandchild, Keyonna Saunders-Woodberry.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 20, at Preston United Methodist Church in Preston with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home of Preston is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Preston United Methodist Church or UW Platteville International Club Development Fund. (https://campus.uwplatt.edu/give Designation: other)