Wife, friend, mother and adventurer Elizabeth “Liz” Thomas Dicke, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg with her loving family at her side.
Husband, father, friend, inventor and adventurer Paul A. Dicke, 89, passed away on May 6, 2010.
Paul was born on June 4, 1920, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Allen A. and Amber Dicke, and they preceded him in death.
Liz was born on Feb. 2, 1928, in Montclair, N.J., to R. Wilbur and Lillian Thomas, and they preceded her in death.
They are survived by their sons, Paul A. Dicke Jr. (Janet) of St. Marys and David T. Dicke (Ruth) of Perrysburg; their daughter, Elizabeth A. Dicke of Celina; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Allen (Eleanor) Dicke of Anaheim, Calif.
They were preceded in death by their infant sons, Mark and Peter Dicke; their grandson, Michael Dicke; his sister, Ruth Dicke Howard; brother-in-law, Hal.
They both grew up in Upper Montclair, N.J., and on Long Island, N.Y., where he became an accomplished sailor and became her summer sailing teacher.
Paul served in the World War II in the Pacific Theater and returned a decorated veteran. Upon his return from service, they were married in 1947 and moved to New Bremen to raise a family. Paul worked and helped build Crown Controls Corporation in various positions including chief engineer, where his designs and patents for electronic and mechanical devices were used in manufacturing of various products. Liz worked for a local accountant.
Paul and Liz were active in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in New Bremen, where she served as organist and taught Sunday school. They both volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and other worthy local causes.
They were past members of St. Marys Boat Club and Turkey Creek Yacht Club, where Paul was past commodore. He also helped the Ortona Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Liz loved to cook for the family, play bridge, travel and care for the children.
Upon retirement, Liz and Paul built their home “The Anchorage” near Labelle, Fla. Their love for Great Lakes sailing and adventure drew them to the warm Caribbean and Gulf Coast waters of Florida, where they sailed and cruised for nearly 30 years.
Graveside services for both Elizabeth and Paul will take place at 11 a.m. July 7 at German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.
A Celebration of Life will be held following the graveside. Contact the family for the location.
Donations in their names can be made to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio, 43551.
Online condolences may be given at WalkerFuneralHomes.com.
Arrangements are by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee.