Don Lee Dicke, 77, quietly ascended from the pain and suffering of his physical body into the open arms of our Lord in Heaven, Jesus Christ, at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2013. In his last days, he was comforted, and reassured by all who loved him that he had fought and suffered long enough.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1935.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Ann Berning, whom he married on Sept. 13, 1958, and children Pamela (Dicke) Miller, Christine Dicke, Michael Dicke and friend Trish Carter, Todd and Bridget (Schwartz) Dicke.
He will also be missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Luke and Amanda (Seigel) Kuenning, Cara Miller, Derek Dicke, Jacob Miller, Logan and Brook Dicke, Nolan, Halley and Reid Kuenning. His sister, Patricia Now, survives in Coldwater. Her husband, Dale is deceased.
He enjoyed a very extended family when he married his wife, Lois. He is survived by Harry Ingram (father-in-law); Jerry and Norma (Berning) Lunney; Ron and Marlene(Berning) Hittepole; Ray and JoAnn (Berning) Meckstroth; Kermit and Barb (Berning) Freewalt; and Stan Berning.
It was time to join those on the other side who were waiting for him: his mother Fentrus (May) (Bill) Dicke; Grandma Burden; mother-in-law Dorothy; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Carol Berning; his father-Paul; and step-mother Lodema.
And then there were his old buddies, Jim Wiseman, Tom Kettler and Norm Meckstroth to pick him up in his old ’57 Chevy.
We hope he is up in Heaven enjoying all of the things he had so very little time to enjoy after his retirement in 2004 from Crown Equipment Corporation and the many years of owning Dicke’s Service Station, both in New Bremen.
He loved to work in the yard, ride his bike around town and talk to anyone and everyone on his daily travels.
His family is forever grateful to those who treated him so tenderly in these past few weeks from the State of the Heart Hospice and Heritage Manor Nursing Center. They know who they are and we appreciate all they did for him.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Don’s behalf to the Alzheimer’s Association for future research.
The family will be receiving friends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen.
Condolences to the family may be left at GilbergHartwigFh.com.