Philip Dickenson

Philip Herbert Dickenson, 94, of Paris, passed away at 8:28 a.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind. He was a retired farmer.

A service celebrating his life is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Templeton Funeral Home. Burial follows in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home.

Mr. Dickenson was born July 30, 1923, at Paris, the son the late John Herbert and Eloise Muncie Dickenson. He married Naomi Sidenbender April 9, 1967, and she preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2017.

He is survived by one daughter, Denise Suzanne (Mark) Allanson; three grandchildren, Daniel, Elizabeth and Thomas Allanson, all of Paris; a brother, Dr. Donald Dickenson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Mary Cooper of Lincoln; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William W. Dickenson; and one sister, Susanne Dickenson.

Mr. Dickenson graduated from Paris High School in 1941 and spent his entire life living and farming the 1836 family farm located on the Clinton Road in Hunter Township. Several years ago the farm was recognized with an Illinois Sesquicentennial Farm Award.  He served as a wonderful caretaker of that heritage. His love for farming and the land made him an early proponent of conservation and stewardship in agriculture.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Paris, having served in various capacities. He was also an active member of the Edgar County Historical Society where he was a former director for Hunter Township. He was a member of the Edgar County Farm Bureau where he was a trustee for Hunter Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Edgar County Historical Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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