Thomas-Dickey-Obituary

Thomas Dickey

CARBONDALE, Illinois

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I rode with Tom when he was 92. I think I rode with him about five times out in the country toward and around Little Grassy Lake. That was on the famous Santana also. Once when riding I swerved because of a charging dog and popped the front tire on a rock. Tom changed the tire himself. I didn't know how to do it. It amazed me that a blind guy could do that unassisted. Although he wasn't paying me anything, I think he 'fired' me after popping that tire. I wish there were a picture of...

We only knew Tom through his son (Tom) and daughter-in-love (Linda) as they told us of many of his tales while we vacationed together up at Glen Lake, MI. What an amazing life! We are so sorry for their loss, but thank God for his legacy that will live on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will keep you all in our prayers. Love, Jerry & Janet

Ed McNichols and I shared a room with Tom at the Arthur ride sometime in the 90's and was surprised to find that after the 100 mile ride his way of relaxing was to soak in icewater. He claimed that it made him feel better. Unbelievably he insisted on sleeping on the floor. I admired Tom for his courage, philosophy and good sense of humor plus of course his avid involvement in bicycling. We made him a life member of the Carbonale Bicycle Club. Don Lawrence

I piloted for Tom 1986-1990. Always had a great time while riding and after hours too. I was the first to steer his new Santana and crashed it on Rocky Comfort Road! I also took him on BAMMI several years with much enjoyment for all hearing his stories.

THANKS Tom!

When I fell off a cliff in the Little Grand Canyon area of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois in March of 1990, Tom helped me rehab back into shape by piloting his tandem. He was blind. Even though he was the stoker, he had the shifters on his bars in the back. He had a standing ad in the Daily Egyptian, the college newspaper, and used to hire SIU students to take him out on 30 to 60 miles at a MINIMUM of 16mph. And, if you could not go that fast, and he knew by feel, he...

My son Joshua cared for Tom the last few years of his life and he must have been a great man, my son cared deeply for him. My condolences go out to his sons.

Tom was my cycling buddie. You have my sincerest sympathy for your loss. The only family I knew was his lovely wife. I do know he has two sons. These thoughts go to you even though we never met.

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Thomas Dickey passed away in CARBONDALE, Illinois. Funeral Home Services for Thomas are being provided by Walker Funeral Home. The obituary was featured in The Southern Illinoisan on March 7, 2010.