Dr. Robert W. ‘Bob’ Acton, 81, of Preston

Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Acton, 81, of Preston, died July 7, 2019, following a struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

He 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. He was united in marriage to Dollie Ritenour on June 17, 1960.

He 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, he 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.

He and his wife lived in Platteville, Wis., until his retirement in 2008, when they moved back to settle in Preston, where he resided until his passing.

He 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 him to a career in agriculture and a love of farming, and ultimately, brought him and his wife to a plot of land in Preston where his lasting legacy will be the old barn he and his wife converted into a home.

He 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 a great-grandchild, Keyonna Saunders-Woodberry.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 20, at Preston United Methodist Church in Preston. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home of Preston was in charge of arrangements.