Billy Neil “Bill” Dickison, 89, passed away on November 8, 2018, at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri.
He was born on February 26, 1929 in Richville, Missouri, to Victor C. and Minnie (Pease) Dickison.
Bill was raised in the Richville and Dora, Missouri, area where he learned to work hard on the farm, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors. After his father died, his mother moved the boys to San Diego, California. Bill graduated from La Jolla High School in 1947 and then did a tour of duty with the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was stationed in Germany where he worked as a medical technician and was honorably discharged.
Upon returning to the United States, Bill came back to Missouri and settled in Cabool. He lived with his aunt Nina while he began a career working at Producers Creamery Company (also Mid-America Dairymen and Dairy Farmers of America). He retired as the laboratory supervisor after 40 years of service to that organization. It was there that he met Ruth Marie who worked in the office. They were married on July 24, 1953, and recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. Their daughter, Brenda, was born on March 19, 1957.
Bill and Ruth built their first and only home on an acre of land on her folks’ farm. Over the years, Bill expanded his farm so he could cut wood on his own property and enjoy gardening, beekeeping, wine-making, raising beef cattle, and most recently, raising miniature donkeys along with his daughter and son-in-law. He kept meticulous records on all of his projects so that he could improve on each venture.
Bill was an avid reader and said many times that no one could get enough education because, in the end, that was the one thing that no one could take away from a person. He had a passion for sports. He was member of Wedgewood Country Club for many years and enjoyed golf as long as he was able to swing a club. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan and rarely missed a game on television or the radio. He enjoyed football and was looking forward to a Super Bowl berth this year for the Kansas City Chiefs. He enjoyed attending Cabool Bulldog volleyball, basketball and football games as well.
Bill believed in giving back to the community. He was a member of the Cabool Jaycees and worked countless hours at the community car race track and at carnivals, parades and other community events. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cabool and served on many committees including church council and trustees. He was elected to serve as a member of the Cabool School Board. For many years he served as chairperson of the Kabul Nursing Home board and was a staunch advocate for the residents who lived there.
Bill’s life has been one of many victories. He survived a heart attack as a young man and two open-heart surgeries. He recently survived a heart attack on October 22, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, which could have ended his life. With God’s help and through immeasurable determination he worked to meet his goal and return home to Kabul Nursing Home and see his wife.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers: Earl, Clarence, Gene, Edwin, Curtis and Blake; as well as his mother-in-law and father- in- law, Elmer and Leona Rust; and a special aunt, Nina Bay.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Marie Dickison, and daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ed Jarrett, Cabool, Missouri; Penny, his beloved companion dog; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Charlotte Rust, Kirbyville, Missouri; and many relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Cabool First United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. Funeral services followed at 11:00 a.m. under the care of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Lippestreu and Pastor Terry Brown officiating. Burial was in Cabool Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Coats, Ed Southard, Myron Jackson, Hershel Shelton, Gary Maggard and Jim Ed Carder. Honorary pallbearers were Lyn Santa, Joy Sigman, Linda Everett, Cindy Baker, Pat Gillett and Melanie Carder.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kabul Nursing Home, Inc. in care of the funeral home.