Honored Memory Francis Bernard Dickinson, 84
Ferris, TX formerly of Wyoming
Father, Brother and Friend
February 20, 1929~Sept. 30, 2013
Francis Bernard Dickinson, long-time resident of Wyoming, and loving father of Vanessa, Mark, and Charlotte, was born February 20, 1929, in Waite Park Minnesota to Melvin and Margaret Dickinson. Francis, known as Frank by his friends, and Frannie by his sisters, was the youngest of six boys in the Dickinson clan that numbered 14. Frank left home at age 13 on a railcar headed west in his one best suit and then his adventure started with cowboying around the sheep and cattle ranches of Wyoming and entering the U.S. Navy at age 17 and serving our country in the Marshall Islands with honorable discharge at the end of World War II. Coming home to Minnesota, Frank finished his GED, passed the Merchant Marine 7 day tests and entered the US Coast Guard Merchant Marine as an officer where he served 13 years on the Great Lakes. Frank married Dolores Margaret Bissonette, a fellow Waite Park elementary school friend, whom he reconnected with after his tour in the Navy and her work in New York City. Frank and Dolores were married in January 1960 and their first child Vanessa was born in the Twin Cities, MN. One year later, a son was born, named Mark and then the young couple moved back to Waite Park and refurbished Melvin and Margaret's home at Route Rural 4 where the youngest daughter Charlotte was born. Frank's children went on to achieving success in their careers and thank their father for his love, direction, and fortitude. Vanessa is a college anatomy teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is married to Dr. John Montgomery; they have two college-aged children who thank their Grandpa for all the hunting, fishing, and gardening he taught them. Mark, is a Union Ironworker for Dallas, Texas, and is married to Brenda. Charlotte a resident of Oakland, California, earned her M.P.A. from the University of California and is a Hospital Manager for the Veterinary Center of America in the Bay Area.
Frank retired to Wyoming after 20 years of working as a carpenter supervisor in Minnesota, and 12 years as master carpenter supervisor in Hayward, California. Frank lived in Sheridan and Basin, Wyoming, where he rebuilt two homes, gardened 12 months of the year (yes, greenhouses do work in Wyoming), and got his deer and elk every year. Frank will be remembered as "Coyote Frank" and "One Shot Frank" as his aim was the stuff of legend in Northeastern Wyoming. His children hunted and fished with him yearly and he taught all his kids to butcher meat and can. Frank put up 300 cans of pickles, jam, and sauerkraut a year, and his jam was "awesome" according to his grandchildren. His beet pickles, like his dill pickles, were so good his daughter Vanessa could trade them for jobs at her house in Phoenix.
Frank is survived by his sisters Adeline Voth (St. Cloud), Marie Stangl (Pierz, MN), Mardelle Hinkemeyer (Foley, MN), Julie Wilson (Spokane, WA), and Imelda Dickinson (Mason, WI). Dad, we miss you and will see you in Heaven. Love daughter Vanessa, son Mark, and daughter Charlotte.
Memorial service will be held 10:00 am October 22, 2013 at Green Funeral Home 207 S. Wood St. in Ferris, Texas, with Deacon Isidro Olvera officiating. Memorial graveside at 1:00 pm at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas.
Published in the St. Cloud Times from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013