Floyd A. Dickson
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October 24, 1927 - October 22, 2012
Floyd was born October 24, 1927 in Washougal, WA to his parents Arthur and Laura Dickson. Floyd had one older brother, Robert (Grace) who resides in Camas, WA and one younger sister, Louise (Gordon) Roth who live in Glenwood, WA. Floyd graduated from Camas High School in 1944 and had one year of College at the College of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA then one semester of College at Washington State College, Pullman, WA studying for an engineering degree. WWII was over, but Floyd became one of the last persons to be drafted in WWII. After basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky he was shipped to Yokohama, Japan and assigned to the 46th Engineer Construction Battalion as a driver of a 2 ½ ton dump truck in that city. He hauled gravel and construction materials for the 46th which was rebuilding damaged roads and bridges that had been bombed during the war. Discharged on April 1, 1947 he used his G.I. Retirement funds and learned to fly an airplane. He had logged a little over 100 hours of flying time. Meanwhile his childhood sweetheart's family had moved to Nampa, Idaho to live. He made several trips up and back and until Bernadine graduated from high school and college. They were married in the NNC Chapel on June 11, 1949. They lived in Camas for a while where Floyd worked in the parts department for the local Ford dealer. In 1951 they moved to Nampa where Floyd worked in the parts department for the local Nash dealership for a year. Then he became a Nampa Police Office and was the Juvenile Officer and also taught drivers training at Nampa High as well as traffic officer assigned on the south side of town. In 1954 they moved to the Tri-Cities in Washington and Floyd became a Police Officer in Richland, WA. After a year on the force he transferred to Hanford Nuclear Plant and found his life's work as a radiation technician. When the reactors were being phased out during the Cold War and our four children graduated from Richland Washington High School, Floyd worked at various locations around the country for a consulting firm which specialized in decontaminating laboratory buildings and environs which had contained radioactive materials during the earlier War effort. Floyd has worked as a Rad Tech at the Nevada Test Site, Johnston Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, private Nuclear Energy Power Reactors and buried the first load of low level waste from the cleanup of the Three Mile Island incident. Floyd is survived by his wife, Bernadine, daughter Geraldine (Bill) Morrison of Kennewick, WA, daughter Rose (Doug) Thompson of Richland, WA, son David (Kim) Dickson of Meridian, ID and son Howard (Lori) Dickson of Nampa ID. He has 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Floyd has no regrets about his life; he was active in his church where ever they lived and is ready to meet his Maker. Donations can be made in Floyd's name to Hands of Hope, Love, Inc., Salvation Army Youth Camp at Cascade, Idaho. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October, 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 East Dewey Ave., Nampa. To share a memory of Floyd or to offer condolences to Floyd's Family please visit www.alsipfuneralchapel.com (208)466-3545
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 25, 2012