Richard "Dick" E. Tilson, age 80 of Westphalia, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.
Dick was born February 26, 1933, in Amarillo, TX, a son to the late Arval and Aileen (Hewett) Tilson.
Dick graduated from Plainview High School in Plainview, TX in 1952, and attended College at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Dick was a Marine Corp veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. While in the Marines, Dick played the trombone in the Marine Corp Band.
On November 6, 1976, Dick was united in marriage to Betty McDaniel in Columbia. She survives at the home.
Dick worked as a Sales Representative for Austin Products and Gehl Company selling farm implements. He also drove the OATS bus for a number of years.
Dick was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Linn and enjoyed animals, especially his birds which he loved to feed.
In addition to his wife Betty, Dick is survived by: two daughters, Cloris Tiffin and her husband Ricky of Llano, TX, and Terri Lee and her husband Van of Mt. Pleasant, TX; three sons, Terry Neuner and his wife Mary of Westphalia, Steve Neuner and his wife Tatyana of Richardson, TX, and Rick Neuner and his wife Shawna of Columbia; one brother Hugh Tilson and his wife Jean of Chapel Hill, NC, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by one son, Richard "Rick" Tilson.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Linn.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Linn with Rev. Floyd Gudde officiating. Interment will follow in the Linn Public Cemetery with full military honors.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, website www.woundedwarriorproject.org.