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Robert E. Dymond Sr.

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Date published: 3/4/2013

Robert E. Dymond Sr.

Robert Elmer Dymond Sr. of Stafford County died on Sunday, March 3, 2013, after a very lengthy illness.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Blanche Louise Robertson Dymond; three children, Robert E. "Bobby" Dymond Jr. (Patty) of Dale City, Mendy Dymond-Cook (Neal) of Fredericksburg and Johelen Diane Miranda (Felix) of Boqueron, PR; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Dymond and Joyce Remington of Noxen, Pa.; a brother, John Dymond of Beaver, Pa.; and his devoted aide, Jeanette Mann of Stafford. He was predeceased by his parents, Elmer Dymond and Josephine Kresge Dymond of Noxen.

Mr. Dymond was an avid Redskins fan and his favorite drink was a vanilla milkshake. He was adored by his family and respected by his many friends.

As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Dymond was honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1955. He moved to Virginia and began working as a painter for his father-in-law until he became a conductor/brakeman for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (RF&P) Railroad, where he was fondly referred to as "Red" and "Jack of Diamonds" by his co-workers. Upon suffering a heart attack and a stroke in July 1988, Mr. Dymond retired from the RF&P Railroad with 35 years of service.

Mr. Dymond was given only two years to live, he was blessed by God and defied the odds by living an additional 23 years. The longevity of his life restored everyone's belief in miracles, including his doctors.

The Dymonds made their first home in Arlington, until Mr. Dymond decided to move his family to Dale City in March 1966, making them one of its first pioneer families. He attended Dale City Baptist Church and was the pitcher on the men's softball team until he reached the age of 55. He was an assistant coach of the Dale City Cowboys football team and the head coach of the Dale City Tigerettes softball team, where he and his best friend, Jimmie Bohannon, led their team to many championships.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, at the funeral home, followed by interment in King David National Memorial Park, Falls Church.