NAMPA, Idaho - Rodney G. Dickenson, 65, died Aug. 6, 2013 from injuries sustained while doing what he loved, working outdoors among cows, horses, dogs, and family.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff, with Pastor Michael Clement officiating. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Mon-day, Aug. 12, at Sunset Memorial Park with military rites by Nebraska Army National Guard.
Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com
Rod grew up in Burns, Ore. He was the only child of Duane and Helen (Shields) Dickenson who preceded him in death. He grew up helping on the family ranch and never lost his love of ranching.
Rod served his country honorably, spending three years in the United States Army, and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam.
He had a long career in retail management. His work ethic and people skills made him a manager who was respected and loved. At the time of his death he was employed by Lowe's.
Rod loved the outdoors and looked forward to skiing each winter, hunting each fall and fishing year around.
In 1972 he married Pam and was later divorced, but his marriage gave him his daughter Tera Lyn Hart, born May 7, 1973 who he loved deeply. Later he married Sharon Boyer and became a loving father to Loranna Lea Ecker. Lori will miss the long talks she had with her dad. In 2002 Rod met Carol Shingleton, and in 2005 they began building a life together. Rod became a father figure to Carol's daughter Alisha and son-in-law Shane, and grandpa to Clayton, Chance, Cord and Josie. Rod and Carol were planning a move to Nebraska, where they would spend their retirement years in a little farmhouse where he could be right in the midst of ranching, riding, and the great outdoors.
Survivors include his daughter, Tera Lyn Hart, son-in-law Lt. Col Alan Hart, and grandchildren Connor, Brennan, Riley, and Katherine all of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Loranne Lea Ecker and granddaughter Kayla Dawn Johnson of Cheyenne, Wyo. and life partner Carol Shingleton and Shane and Alisha Symons and their children.
Rod was a humble, kind, and honorable man. We will strive to honor him by taking the time to ride our horses tall in the saddle, passing along his love of God's great outdoors to future generations.