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Allen A. Dicke


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Allen A. Dicke Obituary
ALLEN A. DICKE Allen A. Dicke, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at home in Chico on Wednesday, Dec. 13, with family at his side. He was 94. He was an engineer who worked for more than 60 years as a patent agent, a specialist who pre-pares patent applica-tions. Allen was born on July 21, 1923, in Flushing, New York, to Amber and Allen Dicke. He was their third and youngest child. He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. His college years were interrupted when he left school to join the merchant marine during World War II. He was proud of his wartime service in ships' engine rooms, starting out as a "wiper" and advancing to become an engineering officer. His ships traveled the world, including dangerous waters in the North Atlantic, but he emerged unscathed. After the war and completion of his college degree, he joined the U.S. Patent Office as a patent examiner and later worked at Monarch Machine Tool in Sidney, Ohio, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and Hughes Aircraft in Southern California. He later had a private practice and worked full- or part-time in the field until he was 92 years old. He married the former Eleanor Carlson in June 1948. They raised four children in Sidney, Ohio, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, and Anaheim, California. They lived in Anaheim from 1963 until they moved to Chico in 2011. For many years, Allen was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim, holding various positions, including elder and deacon, and he enjoyed volunteering his exper-tise as part of a group of men who helped main-tain and repair the church buildings. Allen was a font of knowledge about how things worked and liked to explain things even when his children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's eyes glazed over. Family was very important to him and he was a generous provider. He loved the ocean, learned to sail when he was 8 years old and owned kayaks and sailboats over the years. He had great memories of spending summers as a child at a house on the shore of Long Island in Cutchogue, New York. In addition to Eleanor, his wife of 69 years, Allen is survived by three daughters, Louise Vaughn, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Karen Lawrence, of Chico, and Linda Brown of Red Bluff, Calif.; a son, William, of Rockville Centre, New York; eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Newton-Brace-well Chico Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 17, 2017
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