CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Reuben Dabney Dickenson III, 89, of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, his home for the past 12 years.
Reuben was born Aug. 19, 1922, in Christian County, Ky., to the late Reuben Dabney II and Julia Della Hopson Dickenson. A graduate of Pembroke High School in Christian County, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation machinists mate, third class, and received several service awards. His service is detailed in the U.S. World War II Memorial Registry available at: http://wwiimemorial.com/.
He lived and worked on his family's Kentucky farm for many years; and later owned a Western Auto store in Greenbrier, Tenn. Other work included jobs in manufacturing as well as a house-parent and maintenance technician at Potter Children's Home in Bowling Green, Ky., for several years. While in Bowling Green, he was a member of the University, Delafield and Lehman Avenue Churches of Christ. In 1999, he moved to Sikeston and was a member of the Shady Acres Church of Christ. In 2000, he moved to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau and was a member of Jackson Church of Christ in Jackson.
On March 20, 1959, at Woodbury, Tenn., he married Una Maizola "Maizie" Witty who preceded him in death.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Taylor.
Survivors include: three sons and daughters-in-law, Reuben Dabney and Laura Dickenson IV of Brentwood, Tenn., Robert Daniel and Liz Dickenson of Baton Rouge, La., and Randy Dale and Christine Dickenson of O'Fallon, Ill.; one daughter, Deanna Dickenson Finch of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Anna Lowe of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Dell Eaton of Pembroke, Ky.; and eight grandchildren, Julia, Reuben Dabney V, Russell, Sam, Eva, Daniel, Rachel and Tyler Dickenson.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Jackson Church of Christ in Jackson. Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. until time of services at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Maddux Funeral Home in Pembroke with Edd Sterchi, minister, officiating.
Graveside military rites and burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Pembroke.
The Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements with the Maddux Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, funeral and burial in Pembroke.
Dad was a good father, teacher and friend. He will be remembered and missed by his family. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." -- Psalm 116:15. Online condolences may be made at: www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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may be made to:
Missouri Veterans Home
2400 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Jackson Church of Christ
310 N. Shawnee
Jackson, MO 63755