He was born May 22, 1932, in Clay County, the son of Abraham Dickison and Ethel Emma Howard Dickison. He attended Wools Elementary School and then later attended Staunton High School. He served two tours in the U.S. Army and also served in the Naval Reserve. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was stationed on the front lines during the Korean War.
In his work career, Dale was employed as a meat cutter, concrete finisher, and had worked at Arketex. He worked at Alcan for 23 years, retiring at the age of 55. Following retirement he went into ministry full time. He had first attended Rock Run Church and then later he and his family started the Turner Community Church in their home. In 1983, they built the current church and Dale served as pastor there until his health declined.
He used to enjoy woodworking, working in the vegetable garden and was known as "Poppy"
Dale was married to Jacqueline Elson Dickison on Aug. 3, 1957. She preceded him in death in 1992. He was also preceded in death by is parents, one infant sister, Virgie Beatrice Dickison, twin brother Dane Dickison, brothers Paul Dickison, Art Dickison, Bert Dickison, Louis Dickison, grandsons Logan Youngblood and Dusty Reagin.
On Jan. 2, 1996, Dale married Patricia Hadley Dickison, she survives. Other survivors include children, Christopher Dale Dickison (Regina), Mary Kelly Youngblood (Tina), Kyle David Dickison (Karilee), all of Clay County, stepdaughter Mary Ann Lindzy, 14 grandchildren Jason, Jeffrey, Jessica, Dakota, Kristi, Jacqueline, Dustin, Lucas, Keanon, Keifer, Kyzaya, Kaleena, Michael and Katy, 10 great-grandchildren, Arrianna, Zhoe, Zailyn, Constance, Connor, Annalise, Nathaniel, Kasper, Lara and Evie, one sister Virginia Timberman, brothers Samuel Dickison (Betty), Donald Dickison, Plummer Dickison, brothers-in-law, Michael Elson and Bob Elson and a large extended family.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home with Brother Robert Stultz officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Dale would have wanted donations to be made to United Cerebral Palsy Association, 6100 N. Keystone, Suite 254, Indianapolis, IN. 46220, or to Huntington's Disease Society of America, Indiana Chapter P.O. Box 2101, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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