ROBERT L. "DIGGER" DICKEY, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at his residence. Born April 1, 1925, in Farmland, Ind., he was a son of the late Ralph R. and Ruth (Livingston) Dickey. He was a co-owner and operator, retiring in 1986 from Elzey-Dickey-Haggard Home For Funerals after 34 years. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church, Indiana Funeral Director Association, American Legion 296, D.A.V. 13, I.O.O.F. Harmony Lodge 19, Scottish Rite, Waynedale Masonic Lodge 739, Orchard Ridge Country Club, Mizpah Shrine, was the first President of the Allen County Funeral Director Association, and served as a director for Fort Wayne Savings & Loan. He was an avid golfer and sports fan. He enjoyed traveling to many destinations; Las Vegas was one of his favorites along with wintering in Florida. Surviving are his wife, Edith Marie Dickey of Fort Wayne; daughters, Pamela Dickey of Fort Wayne and Karen (John) Lantz of Avilla; grandson, Eric (Monica) Dickey of Maryville, Mo.; brother, Bill (Carol) Dickey of Muncie; stepdaughter, Roxie (Gary) Zuercher of Geneva; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ollie Dickey, in 1998; brothers, Rolland Dickey, Adam Dickey and Curney Dickey; and sisters, Pauline Rauh, Juanita Maxwell and Delphine Dickey. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation is also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Waynedale United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. To leave condolences, visit


Funeral Home

Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals
6810 Old Trail Road Fort Wayne, IN 46809
(260) 747-3186

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 12, 2013