William ‘Bill’ Dickson
BELLVILLE — William F. “Bill” Dickson, 82, of Bellville died Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2008, in Lexington Court Care Center.
He was born June 15, 1925, in Washington Township near Bellville to Floyd A. and Freda M. (Herrick) Dickson and was graduated from Bellville High School in 1943.
A lifelong Bellville resident, Bill had worked with Stevens Manufacturing in Lexington, and retired in 1990 as a supervisor from Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield. A member of the Presbyterian Church in Bellville, Bill was also active with the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society, the Lexington Senior Civic Center, and Bellville Lodge 376 F&AM.
Shortly after his marriage to his high school sweetheart, Bill picked up the game of golf. In 1956 he began shooting “holes-in-one.” Throughout his life Bill shot 10 holes-in-one, including his ninth one on the opening day of the Deer Ridge Course near Bellville. He combined his love of the game and his compulsion for excellence when he served as superintendent of the San-Dar Golf Course in Bellville.
Bill was characterized by his patient personality, even under trial and illness. His honesty and sense of humor added to his likeability. An endearing family man, he loved his family, and thought his grandchildren were the highlight of his life … until his great-grandchildren came along. Family, pizza and a good round of euchre made a perfect evening for him.
He is survived by his wife, Bernadene D. “Bobbie” (Banks) Dickson, whom he married Aug. 19, 1944; a son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Deborah Dickson of Grapevine, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and James Strickling of Bellville, and Charlotte and William Watkins of Fredericktown; grandchildren, Steven and Heather Strickling of Bellville, Matthew and Camille Strickling of Lakeville, Courtney and Randy Wade of Fredericktown, Tyler and Angey Watkins of Fredericktown, Kurt Hoenig and Seth Hoenig, both of Grapevine, Texas; great-grandchildren who were the apple of his eye Madelyn, Meghan, Molly, Ryan, Derek, Aaron, Seth, Kayla, Caleb and Logan; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Gene Taylor of Lexington; a brother-in-law, John “Clark” Young of Columbus; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by twin infant sons, Ronald and Donald; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Geneva Dickson; and a sister, Helen Young.
The family will receive friends today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where Bellville Lodge 376 will hold a Masonic memorial service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Doug Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the Dickson family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.