He was born on March 25, 1925 in Buckhart, Missouri. He served in the Naval Branch of the United States Armed Forces as a petty officer third class during World War II.
He lived in the Coachella Valley of California for 54 years. Ed was a master brick mason and was well known in the Coachella Valley and beyond. His expert craftsmanship is visible at elite properties owned by Red Skelton, Rock Hudson, and Kaye Ballard.
He was, along with his closest friends, a parent-leader in a local troop of the Boy Scouts of America for many enjoyable years. In his later years, Ed was appointed the prestigious position of chairman of the elite Friday Afternoon Board; also on the board, his good friend Bob Kline, vice chairman, and his dearly loved son, Craig Dickison, treasurer.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his parents, Victor and Minnie Dickison; and his brothers, Earl, Eugene, Clarence, Duane and Norman.
He is survived by his children, Doug (Connie) Dickison, Rodney Craig Dickison, Cheryle Rasmussen, Patricia (Paul) Homb, and Theresa (William) Kramer; six grandchildren, Jason, Rachelle, Ryan, Renée, Kristopher and Trevor; and one great-grandchild Helena. Additionally, he is survived by his brother, Bill Dickison of Cabool, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Wounded Warrior Project or American Heart Association.
A memorial service will take place at Southwest Church in Indian Wells, California, on Saturday, March 14, 2015. at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service.