Clayton Larimore Dickey

Clayton Larimore Dickey 91, died July 26, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born June 18, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in the neighboring community of Wauwatosa. Relatives remember his graduation from Wauwatosa High School with four years of Latin, the foundation for his lifelong interest in languages. Prior to WWII, Clayton attended Cornell University, then transferred to The University of Michigan. After his sophomore year, in 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force, where he was trained as an aerial gunner, then as a navigator on B-17s. He was fortunate still to be in training as a B-29 navigator when the war ended in 1945. Returning to The University of Michigan, Clayton pursued an English major and devoted many hours to the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, where he met his wife, Ann Kutz Dickey. As seniors, Clayton was the paper's city editor and Ann instructed younger staff members in the mysteries of academic journalism. Following graduation, the two Daily staffers were married in January 1948. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Clayton's first job after college was in the United Press Bureau in Cleveland, Ohio. Then, in 1949, the couple quit their jobs in Cleveland and embarked on an adventure, 15 months in Paris, France, where Clayton perfected his French and put baguettes on the table with free-lance journalism. On their return to native soil, Clayton was hired as a reporter by The Milwaukee Sentinel. He worked there for nearly five years until, in 1955, he began a 31-year career in public relations at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. Of his many assignments during those years, he particularly relished his time in Dow International, which required travel to Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In 1989, after both Clayton and Ann had retired, they began to spend six months of the year in Midland and six months in their Pima County house on the edge of Tucson. In 2010, they sold their Michigan house and, in 2011, became full-time Arizonans. Clayton was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Elizabeth E. Dickey, of Eugene, Oregon; a son, David C. Dickey of Omaha, Nebraska, David's wife Carol and their children, Jennifer L. Dickey and Kevin M. Dickey; a nephew, Robert Fritz of Seattle and a niece, Mary Holden of San Rafael, California. Burial and a celebration of Clayton's life will take place in Midland, Michigan at a time still to be determined. Ann will advise Tucson friends of a time to remember Clayton in each others' company. Those who would like to make a memorial gift may wish to consider The University of Michigan (LSA), 3003 S. State St., Suite 8000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

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East Lawn Palms Mortuary
5801 East Grant Road Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 885-6741

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 31, 2013