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Obituaries and Death Notices

Alvin L Dickey
Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth East and their daughter Mrs. G. F. Reseter, went to Sparta today to attend the funeral of the former's nephew Al Dickey, who was killed yesterday morning in a mine accident at Sparta. His age was 58 yrs. He is survived by his widow and three children. The funeral takes place at 2:30 this afternoon, when services will be conducted in the Sparta United Presbyterian Church.[Carbondale Free Press, Sept. 12, 1936 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd, who adds: To date no other obituary has been found. His wife was Ella May, nee Dickey, and children Francis, Paul, and Vivian]

Bertha E Dickey
Sparta - Bertha E. Dickey, 94, died Saturday, December 25, 2004, in Rose of Sharon Manor. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2004, in McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta, with the Rev. John Stallman officiating. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs Dickey was a homemaker and a telephone operator She was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church and particiipated in the Sunday school class. She was also a member of Sparta Senior Citizens and Missionary Society . She was born on June 18, 1910 to Martin Wilson and Emma Dickey. She married Homer Dickey on January 19, 1935 and he preceded her in death on December 3, 1970. Survivors include one daughter, Betty J Tate of St. Paul, Minn., one sister, Mary Wilson of Johnston City; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother and four sisters. [Southern Illinoisan, Dec 26, 2004 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd, who adds:  There are several articles in February 20-28, 1973 in the Southern Illinoisan concerning the brutal murder of her invalid sister Martha Damico. Also an obituary on Aug. 25, 1974 for her Nephew Capt Bertram Baird]

Emma Dickey

Mrs. Emma Dickey, who celebrated her 94th birthday last August 2, died Tuesday afternoon in Denver at St Joseph's Hospital. A resident of Greeley for 30 years, Mrs. Dickey had lived in Denver for the past 10 years with her only daughter Mrs Thomas P. (Fern) Romberger at 2601 Filmore St. The former Emma Dunn was married January 26, 1888 to Sidney A Dickey of Sparta, Illinois, her birthplace. They came to Colorado shortly afterwards and lived in Windsor, Ault, and Fort Collins before moving to Greeley in 1917. Mr. Dickey died here in 1943. Mrs Dickey belonged to the First Methodist Church of Greeley for 50 years. Besides her daughter, a son Harley F. Dickey of Yakima, Washington survives. A niece, Mrs George (Gladys) Onstat, lives west of Windsor. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11 a. m. from Macy's drawing room. Interment will follow in Linn Grove Cemetery. A SECOND ARTICLE APPEARED January 17, 1958, as follows: Mrs. Gladys Onstat received word Tuesday of the death of he aunt, Mrs Emma Dickey who died that morning in Denver, at the age of 94. Mrs Dickey was the widow of the late Sidney A Dickey for years a resident of Ault and Greeley districts. Her husband was a brother of Mrs. Onstat's father, the late R.S. Dickey, a pioneer teacher and farmer in the Windsor district. The elderly woman had, in recent years, lived with her son-in-law and daughter Tom and Fern Romberger, in Denver. [Greeley Daily Tribune, (Greeley, CO) Wed Jan 15, 1958 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Ethel Dickey

Funeral Services Set Friday For Sparta Resident
Mrs. Ethel Boyd Dickey, 69, of Sparta died Tuesday at St. Lukes's Hospital, St Louis . She was born November 15, 1893, in Sparta, the daughter of David and Fannie, Hayer, Boyd. She married William H. Dickey who died in 1958. Mrs Dickey was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church of Sparta. She leaves a sister, Mrs Ann Smiley, Sparta and a brother Homer Boyd of Long Beach, California. Funeral Services will be a 1 p.m., Friday, in Lynn-Hill Funeral Home, Sparta, with the Rev. William H. Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Cemetery, St. Louis. [Southern Illinoisan, Jan 10, 1963 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Gale Dickey

Gale Dickey, 44, farmer, living 4 miles southeast of Pierce was killed a few minutes before noon Tuesday when his truck, loaded with sugar beets, was struck at the crossing near the Pierce elevator by a Union Pacific passenger train, No. 38, the Pony Express, being pulled by two engines. The train was carrying a large number of soldiers. Dickey, who was hauling beets for a neighbor was driving west on a highway when the southbound train struck his truck, a short distance north of Pierce. The truck was struck by the pilot of the engine. The load of beets was knocked off the truck but the truck itself was snagged by the pilot and carried more that 100 yards before it fell off. Dickey's body fell out of the truck and came to rest on the grade near a rail. Dickey's body was badly broken, the Sheriff said. Three men working at a nearby beet dump saw the accident they told the Sheriff. Earlier in the day Dickey had told friends " I have a busy day ahead of me. I'm going to haul five loads today." Coroner T.C. Wilmoth, who investigated, said that Dickey undoubtedly died instantly. His injuries included a skull fracture. Gale Dickey was not married. He was the son of Mr and Mrs. S. A. Dickey. S. A. Dickey lived in Greeley with a daughter Fern Dickey. Mrs. Dickey lived with her son Gale. Harley Dickey of Fort Collins is a brother. The body was brought to Macy Mortuary in Greeley.
DEATHS AND FUNERALS - Nov. 18, 1942 Gale Dickey of east of Pierce, son of Mr and Mrs. S. A. Dickey of Greeley, brother of Harley Dickey of Fort Collins and Miss Fern Dickey of Greeley. Services 2:30 p.m. Friday from Macy's drawing room. Interment Linn Grove. [Greeley Dailey Tribune, (Greeley, CO) Nov 17, 1942 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Homer A Dickey

City Clerk for 24 years
Homer A Dickey, 61, Sparta City Clerk for 24 years died Thursday in Sparta Community Hospital after an illness of four months. Mr. Dickey was born June 7, 1909 in Oakdale, the son of Samuel S. and Minnie, nee Atchinson, Dickey. He married in Belleville Jan 19, 1935 to Bertha Wilson. He was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sparta. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Tate of St Paul, Minnisota; sisters, Mrs. Oscar Stahlman of Sparta and Mrs. Myron McKee of Collinsville; three grandchildren; one great grandchild. One sister preceded him in death [Mary E. Ruester]. Funeral Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta with Rev. Dewitt Watson officiating. Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery. [Southern Illinoisan, Dec. 4, 1970 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Minnie M Dickey

SPARTA WOMAN DIES - Funeral Services Friday for Minnie Dickey - Mrs. Minnie M Dickey, 82, Sparta, died Wednesday at Randolph County Nursing Home after an illness of several years.    Mrs. Dickey was born March 3, 1882 at Elkton, the daughter of Richard and Mary Hendricks Atchison.    She was married in Sparta, March 12, 1902 to Samuel S Dickey who died in 1948.  She was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church, and the Pythian Sisters.   She was a 50 year member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.   Mrs. Dickey leaves a son Homer Dickey, Sparta city clerk; daughters, Edna McKee of Collinsville, and Mrs Helen Stahlman, of Sparta;  and 6 grandchildren, and 14 great grand children.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Mary Elizabeth Ruester.  Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, at Walker Funeral Home, Sparta.  Rev. William H. Hughes will officiate.  Burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery.  Friends may call after 6 p.m. today. [Southern Illinoisan, July 30, 1964 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Nancy Ellen Dickey
Windsor, July 20 - Mrs Nancy Ellen Dickey, 64, wife of R. S. Dickey, a resident of Windsor, for nearly forty years, died at her home west of Windsor, Saturday, Mrs Dickey had been an invalid for a long time. Mrs Dickey was a native of New Bedford. She received her preliminary education in Harlan, Iowa and attended State Normal School in Greeley in 1898, the year the school was founded. She was one of the early teachers at Windsor. Mrs. Dickey's maiden name was Smith. She was married to Mr. Dickey, June 20, 1893, Besides her husband Mrs. Dickey is survived by two children Donald Dickey of Los Angeles, California and Gladys Dickey, an instructor in the nursing school of the Colorado General Hospital in Denver, and two grandsons. There are two brothers, William M Smith of Cedar Rapids, Nebraska and Newton Smith of Pocatello, Idaho and a sister Mrs. Ada Minchwitz of Los Angeles. Funeral services for Mrs. Dickey will be held at the Methodist Church at Windsor at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Interment at Windsor. [Greeley Daily Tribune (afternoon edition) (Greeley, CO), Mon July 21, 1930 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

Robert Smith Dickey
Robert Smith Dickey, 93, one of the oldest residents of the Windsor area and pioneer school teacher died suddenly at the state hospital in Pueblo, Sunday night. Dickey had fractured his hip May 12 and underwent surgery May 20, but his condition had seemed satisfactory for one of his age, up to the time of his death. He died at 11 p.m. Sunday. He had been a resident of Windsor for more than 70 years, starting out as Windsor's first school teacher and then spending nearly forty years in farming and stock raising. Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Onstat of Windsor; two grandsons, Donald Robert Dickey, of Spokane, Washington and Richard Kerr Dickey of Los Angeles, California; a great granddaughter Kathleen Dickey of Spokane; and two sisters Mrs. Laura Cuthbertson of Baldwin, Illinois and Mrs. Ida Reid of Sparta, Illinois. His wife Nancy Ellen Smith Dickey, whom he married on June 20, 1893, preceded him in death July 19, 1930; a son Donald Edgar Dickey died in 1941. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, in the Methodist Church. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetary. Richard Mortuary in charge. Dickey was born at Flat Prairie, Illinois January 29, 1860 the eldest son of Anna Caruthers and James Leander Dickey. He was the first teacher in the Windsor school, at the time when only one teacher was employed, in the old Whitney school house, the last location on which was on the spot where Park school now stands. He taught in Windsor from (1884 or 1894) until 1902, and was superintendent, Windsor's first, after the first year. He also taught in the early days at Severence, Bracewell, and Platteville before returning to teach again in Windsor. After returning he taught in Windsor four years before associating with Fred Weller and J.M. Cobbs in the mercantile business, which was the second store in town. Then he returned to teaching; 1 year in Severence, 2 years in Bracewell and 2 years in Windsor. In the meantime he traded his interest in the store for a farm on which was located Halfway House Historic Inn for travelers along the wagon routes of the day. After acquiring the farm he taught only in emergencies. During his time in Windsor he was a prominent member of the Methodist Church. [Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, CO), June 22, 1953 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd, who adds Note: His mother's maiden name was Edgar. Her middle name was Caruthers. and the date he started teaching is hard to read]

Sidney A Dickey
SIDNEY DICKEY DIES SATURDAY - Sidney A. Dickey, 82, of 1815 Eleventh Avenue, died Saturday noon at the Weld County Hospital following a short illness. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday afternoon, after a weeks illness. Born in Randolph County, Illinois, Mr Dickey came to Colorado in 1884 and was married in January of 1886. The family lived at Windsor for about ten years and then homesteaded near Ault He has been living in Greeley with his daughter Fern for the past four years. Survivors include a wife Mrs. Emma Dickey and daughter Fern of Greeley, a son Harley F Dickey, at Fort Collins, a brother R.S. Dickey of Windsor, two sisters Mrs. W.E. Reed of Sparta, Illinois and Mrs. Laura Cuthbert of Baldwin, Illinois Another son Gale was killed a year ago in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from Macy's drawing room with interment at Linn Grove. [Greeley Daily Tribune, Dec. 18, 1943 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd: Note:Transcribed as written, but, His sister's names are Mrs. Reid and Mrs Cuthbertson]

Minnie L. Drewry
SPARTA WOMAN DIES - Funeral Services Today for Mrs. Minnie Drewry
Mrs. Minnie L. Drewry, 90 year old Sparta resident died in Randolph County Nursing Home, at Sparta, Saturday after an illness of six months. She was born in Sparta in 1869. She lived most of her life in British Columbia, Canada. The former Minnie Hayer, she was married in 1932 to Andrew Drewry, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Drewry leaves a brother W. T. Hayer, Sr. of Sparta.She was a member of the Baptist Church of Vancouver, British Columbia.Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. today at the Walker Funeral Home in Sparta, the Rev. William H. Hughes was to officiate, with burial in Caledonia Cemetery. [Southern Illinoisan, Feb. 1, 1960 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

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