Leonard A. Dicton Sr.

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Leonard A. Dicton Sr., 81, of Edwardsville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at his home.

He was born in Kingston, son of the late Anthony and Cecelia Gilefski Dicton.

Leonard was a graduate of Marymount High School, Class of 1954, and then served a two-year term with the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Hawaii from 1956 to 1958.

Lenny then started his career with his father as the co-owner of Dicton's Bakery, where he worked up until the flood of 1972. He then went on to work at People's Bank for a number of years. After leaving People's Bank he found a new career path working with Lance Crackers, where he was employed for more than 15 years. His grandchildren always loved to go for rides in the big Lance truck with him. After he retired from Lance, Lenny realized he couldn't sit home and not be out working, so that's when he landed his most recent job working at MotorWorld as a shuttle driver, and loved doing it.

He was a hard-working man and worked so he could spoil all of his grandkids and great-grandkids. He adored and lived for every single one. His favorite thing to do was take them all to the "Turkey Store" every Sunday when they would come over to visit him. All of them have such fond memories going with him.

In his spare time Lenny was an avid bowler at Chacko's for most of his life. If you knew Lenny, you knew his license plate was 300-LAD. They called him the Hall of Famer! He was part of so many leagues throughout his bowling career. He attended more than 25 ABC nationals, was in more than 25 state tournaments, was a member of the Wyoming Valley Bowling Hall of Fame, bowled in the Wednesday night McDonald's Classic, Kingston Amusement League, Chacko's Cafe League and the Brussock's League, where he was a member for at least 50 years but up to around 63 years. Even though Lenny was a competitive bowler, bowling was more about being able to spend that time bowling and bonding with his son, Lenny Jr., and his grandkids, Nick and Adam. Even though he would tease them if they beat him at a game. During college football season, you would be able to find him sitting in his Penn State themed recliner, rooting and yelling at his TV as he was a diehard Penn State Nittany Lions fan.

He was a longtime member of the former St. Hedwig's Church in Kingston, serving as chairman for the annual bazaar for many years, and served as an usher for their weekend Masses. Since the closing of St. Hedwig's, Leonard had been a member of St. Ignatius Church in Kingston.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, John J. Mayerski.

Leonard is survived his wife, the former Geraldine Dubinski; daughters, Martina Gaetano, Mountain Top; and Andrea Mayerski, Swoyersville; son, Leonard and Carrie Dicton, Edwardsville; grandchildren, Adrienna Gaetano, Nicholas Dicton and Jessica Grady, Robert and Safia Gaetano, Christopher and Kelly Mayerski, Michelle Mayerski, Adam Dicton, Kristina Gaetano and Annsley Dicton; great-grandchildren, CJ and Luke Mayerski and Deen Gaetano; brother, Paul and Cheryl Dicton, Forty Fort; nieces; and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from A.J. Kopicki Funeral Home Inc., 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Interment will be in St. Hedwig's Cemetery, Larksville.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 10, 2018