Published in The Capital Gazette from May 17 to May 24, 2018
Robert Bernard Dante
Robert Bernard "Bob" Dante, 78, of Statesville, passed
away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Gordon Hospice
Bob was born May 15, 1940 in Detroit, MI and was the son
of the late Lee Fisher Dante and Katherine Murphy Dante.
He was a graduate of St. Johns College High School
(1958) and Belmont University where he received his
Bachelors in English Literature.
Bob served in the U.S. Coast Guard earning the rank of Lieutenant before his discharge in
February of 1969.
On August 11, 1979, he married Elaine D. Budd Dante and together they shared 38 years of
marriage until his death. Bob was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church and was a
strong man of faith. His witness to others was to go on the London Bridges Mission trip with
his church. He loved his family with all his heart. His children and grandchildren meant
everything to him. He was a loving and devoted family man.
Bob was self-employed as a commercial kennel, boarding and grooming shop.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Allison K. Smith (Kevin), one
grandson, Nathan Smith and two granddaughters, Samantha and Arielle Smith, all of
Avondale, PA. He is also survived by three brothers, Michael Dante of Alexandria, VA,
Richard Dante (Janet) of Hampton, MD, and Lee Dante of Philadelphia, PA along with one
sister, Katherine Dante of Rockville, MD.
Funeral services honoring the life of Bob Dante will be conducted at 4:00 PM Saturday, May
19 in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Andy Lackey officiating.
The family will visit with friends for one hour prior to the funeral service and again following
the service at Nicholson Funeral Home.
Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Military Honors and the Iredell
County Veterans Burial Datail.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson
Funeral Home is serving the family.