A steward for the Hilliard Ohio Historical Society and a man who was a Korean War veteran before he graduated from a West Virginia high school are the newest members of the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.

Tim Woodruff was the 31st inductee into the hall of fame and Bob Dixon was the 15th posthumous inductee at a ceremony Sept. 13 at the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center.

Woodruff

Woodruff, 72, is a 1963 graduate of Hilliard High School.

After playing football and graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Woodruff returned to Hilliard, where he and his wife, Penny, raised three children: Eric Woodruff, Mark Woodruff and Kay Richardson.

They have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary in December 2016.

He is a member of Hilliard United Methodist Church, where he serves as a head usher, and is known for his dedication to the Hilliard Ohio Historical Society, formerly known as the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society.

Woodruff plans numerous events at the historical village at Weaver Park, serves as a docent, visits Hilliard classrooms as part of its "History in a Suitcase" program and as past president, promoted Norwich Township's 200th anniversary.

Most recently, Woodruff designed a bell-tower monument placed at Weaver Park for the society's 50th anniversary.

Woodruff worked as an asphalt estimator for the Shelly Co., and in retirement, he is a full-time bus driver for Hilliard City Schools.

"Tim truly cares about the city and represents the spirit of Hilliard," said his brother, Dennis Woodruff, who traveled from North Carolina for the induction ceremony.

Woodruff expressed his gratitude for enshrinement.

"I was quite surprised and very much appreciate what the people have thought about me," he said.

Dixon

"Dad taught us all by example and his character is the foundation of my conscience," said Dixon's daughter, Karen Dixon Kelley.

Dixon graduated from Big Creek High School in McDowell County, West Virginia, but he first served in the U.S. Army as a member of an engineering unit in Korea. He forged his enlistment papers at the age of 15 until it was discovered and he was sent back to finish high school.

After graduating, he moved to Hilliard in 1958 and he and his wife raised a family with three children: Robert Dixon Jr., Kristi Dixon Brinkman and Kelley, all of whom are Hilliard High School graduates.

Dixon was elected to Hilliard City Council in 1975, serving a total of 20 years, including 12 as council president.

Prior to election to City Council, he was a Perry Township police officer and served as an auxiliary police officer for Hilliard from 1965 to 1970.

Dixon was chairman of the committee that helped create the Hilliard Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in 1987.

Dixon died Aug. 21, 2009, at the age of 75 at his Winterringer Street residence.

Aside from his enshrinement in the hall of fame, Dixon's legacy in the city was illustrated by the naming of Dixon Drive, on the east side of Avery Road just north of the Franklin County fairgrounds, in his honor. He also was grand marshal of the city's Fourth of July parade in 2006, a gesture that deeply touched him, Kelley said.

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