Donald Dwight Dickenson, Ph.D., 93, passed away March 4, 2018, at his home in Colorado Spring, Colo. He was retired from the Holly Sugar Corporation as the Director of Agricultural Research and Development.
A graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Edgar Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Tomich officiating and military rites by American Legion Post #211 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3601. A celebration of life service will occur at a later date in Colorado Springs. The Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.
Dr. Dickenson was born Jan. 15, 1925, on the family farm, the son of the late John Herbert Dickenson and Eloise Muncie. He married Virginia Robin Adams June 16, 1946, and she preceded him in death.
He is survived by four children, Susan Gay Dickenson, Ann Elizabeth (Robert) Booth, Robin Lee (James) Seydewitz and Donald Curtis (Coral) Dickenson.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William W. Dickenson and Philip H. Dickenson; and one sister, Susanne.
Dr. Dickenson graduated from Paris High School in June 1943 where he served as senior class president and played guard on the football team. He volunteered for military service right after graduation and served in the European Theater during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star for heroism.
He continued his education at the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in general agriculture and a Master’s of Science degree in agronomy and botany. His Ph.D. in plant genetics and pathology was granted in 1957 from the University of Minnesota at St. Paul.
Dr. Dickenson enjoyed classical and operatic music, attending and supporting numerous musical groups. He and his wife greatly enjoyed travel in Europe, Australia and the United States. They also had a great interest in genealogy from both sides of the family and scoured countless courthouse records and cemeteries before the Internet. They were longtime members of the First United Methodist Church at Colorado Springs.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.