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Gary Dikkers

GARY L. DIKKERS, 66 MADISON, Wis. - Gary L. Dikkers, a loving husband and father, 66, took his last flight west at the VA Hospice Center on June 5, 2013. Born November 30, 1946, in Freeport, IL to parents, William J. Dikkers and Wanda (Hutmacher) Dikkers. Gary married Marlene Miller in 1976. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1964. Gary graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1968, and served as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam after completing flight training. He received a Master of Engineering in Geodesy/Cartography from Purdue University in 1976, and worked for the Defense Mapping Agency in Cheyenne, WY. He served as flight instructor and fighter pilot, and served as an ALO for the 82nd Airborne Division. After retirement from the Air Force, Gary was the Air Space Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Aeronautics. He enjoyed volunteering at the Rockets for School Program every windy, cold May in Sheboygan. He was an avid photographer who enjoyed bicycling, backpacking, and camping throughout the United States and Europe. He was also a big fan of country music, and was a prolific reader. Gary is preceded in death by his father, William. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughter, Katrina; and his faithful dog, "Hermie". He is also survived by his mother; Wanda, and brothers, Steve (Michele), Gene (Kim) and Kurt (Sue). The family would like to thank the staff of Dean Care Oncology, St. Mary's Hospital, and the VA Hospice Center. A special thanks to Dr. Yangbum Gyal, Doctor of Tibetan Medicine. Gary's wish for a natural burial will be fulfilled at the Natural Path Sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linda and Jean Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability, www.farleycenter.org or the Rockets for School Program, www.rockets4schools.org or to the Madison Public Library Foundation. A Memorial Service will be held at Ryan Funeral Home, Verona Chapel, on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Paul Gerardy of Cedarville officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: ryanfuneralservice.com.

Funeral Home

Ryan Funeral Home - Verona Chapel - Verona
220 South Enterprise Drive  Verona, WI 53593
608-845-6625

Published in The Journal-Standard on June 6, 2013
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