Bernard “Bronze” Dillon

March 15, 1974 ‒ April 17, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Bernard Dillon’s “big stature” matched his big smile and more importantly his big heart.  Loving and devoted to his family, he was their protector.

Bernard “Bronze” Dillon passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Grant Medical Center.  He was blessed with 45 years of life.

The son of Bernard Dillon, Sr. and Barbara (Johnson) Peiker, Bernard was born March 15, 1974 in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  At a young age his family moved to Mansfield, Ohio.  A standout athlete, Bronze started as running back his freshman season for Mansfield Senior High’s football team.  He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, and had his own favorite fishing spots around the Richland County area.  Over the years, bronze worked many jobs.  He was a certified welder, long haul truck driver and more recently worked for Norfolk Southern.

Bernard liked all sports however he was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.  He enjoyed good food, and many times Bronze was the one manning the grill.

He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Bernard is survived by his wife Jessica Dillon; children Keevon (fiancée Dreama), Biancé, Isaiah, Tyree, and Azariah; grandchildren Novalee and Milo; mother Barbara (Norbert) Peiker, brother Bryant Dillon (fiancée Melissa Campbell).

He was preceded in death by his father Bernard Dillon, Sr.

Bernard’s family will receive friends Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 4-6pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service will begin at 6pm.  Bishop William Morris, Jr. will officiate.

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  • We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss especially when it hits so close to home. You and your family are surrounded by love during this difficult time.

    Love always The Jefferson’s

  • Our hearts & prayers are with you all during the loss of Benard Dillion. May God help you through this very difficult time & my prayers is that all of you lean & depend on the Almighty God for your comfort & strength. We love you💜 Be Bless 🙏🏽 Love Always The Williams Family

  • Aunt Barbara, I am sending prayers and my condolences to you and my family during this difficult time. My cousin Bronze , my husband and I made some special memories whenever he use to come to Gulfport MS. Those memories I will always and forever cherish. 💙 🙏🏽

  • Barbara, I am so very sorry for your loss. One thing I know for sure is that God will see you through this time. Love, your cousin Donna Barnes-Irby.

  • I have have been blessed to know Bernard for many years and have always known him to be giving as well as forgiving. Always have been like family with his great hospitality and enormous humor. You will be missed friend. Until we meet again.

    Bryant Family

  • So very sorry for this insurmountable loss! I am praying for your family. Bronze was a wonderful spirit! I can no longer see Facebook and was shocked when my Mother told me the news. I will be lifting you all up! May God comfort you in your time of great sadness.

    Vanessa J Ragozzine