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Community leader Dalton dies at 73

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- Long-time Chesapeake architect Bob Dalton who fought state bureaucrats for years to get funding for the Chesapeake Bypass was remembered Thursday as a community leader.

Dalton, 73, died Wednesday.

"The Chesapeake Bypass wouldn't have happened if not for him," said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce. Dalton co-chaired the chamber's transportation committee with Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the Ironton Lawrence County Community Action Organization.

The two for years made annual trips to Columbus to lobby for the road. They succeeded several years ago when part of the road between Ohio 775 and Ohio 7 near Fairland East Elementary School opened to traffic. A bridge along the road was named in his honor in 2011.

"Not only was he a major player in the bypass, he was very active in the community," Dingus said. "He served as Chamber (of Commerce) president for two years. He was a giver to the community."

Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens knew Dalton all his life. The two were both members of the Rome Church of Christ.

"He was a church elder for 10 years or more," Stephens said. "It's just sad. He will be missed. It was not the same going to Columbus the past few years without him. He was one of a kind."

Dalton designed the Lawrence County Courthouse annex in Ironton and the Lawrence County Municipal Court building west of Chesapeake, among other buildings, Stephens said.

"Bob was a real fine man from a personal, spiritual and community standpoint," Stephens said.

Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be conducted by Minister Brad Poe at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Rome Church of Christ in Proctorville.



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