Darrel Duane Dickinson

Darrel Duane Dickinson, 82, of Sumner, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Michael Christie officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church on Friday. A memorial fund will be established. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting Darrel’s family.

Darrel Duane, son of Ivan and Harriet Primmer Dickinson, was born October 16, 1931, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Shellsburg High School and Iowa State University in Ames. He also attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage with Shirley Mae Wilson at Vinton, Iowa. The couple made their home in Greenfield, Iowa for seven years, and Sheldon, Iowa for eleven years, prior to moving to Sumner in 1982.

Darrel farmed for a time, and later worked for Funk Brothers Seed Company and Supersweet Feeds as a district sales manager. He taught at Northwest Iowa Vocational School, which later became Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon. He then worked as district sales manager for Golden Harvest Seed Company. Darrel attended the United Methodist Church in Sumner, was a member of the Lions Club, and served on the leadership team at Sumner Schools. He enjoyed gardening, growing plants. Faith, family, and friends were very important to him. He also loved to sing, and most especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Shirley of Sumner, he is survived by two sons, Daniel Duane (Sheryl) Dickinson of Greenfield and David James (Linda) Dickinson of New Brighton, Minnesota; two daughters, Diana Sue (Dale) Juntunen of Mt. Pleasant and Doris Ann (Tom) Estes of Sioux Center; ten grandchildren, Amy (Baoli) Guo, Lisa (Levon) Mullen, Michelle, Danielle, and Matthew Dickinson, Jennifer, Jordan, and Jillian Estes, Hannah and Joshua Dickinson; and two great grandchildren, Faye Guo and Aidan Mullen.

Darrel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Everett and an infant sister and brother; and an infant grandson, Mark Dickinson.


Cal and Katy Milnes on June 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM said:

Dear Shirley and Family,

We are praying the Lord grants you strength and His comfort. Blessings.
Alice Scott on June 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM said:

Shirley and Family,
So sorry for your Loss. I always enjoyed seeing Darrel either on the street or in the van. He always said Hi to me when we passed each other. I will miss his smiling face and kind words. My Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Dean , Vern, Gayle Gillis on June 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Michelle Pleggenkuhle on June 1, 2014 at 7:14 AM said:

Shirley sorry for your loss. Darrell was a kind man. You both were great neighbors when we lived next to each other.
Ardella and Steve Byerly on May 29, 2014 at 6:04 PM said:

Our sympathy to all of your family.
Gerald & Carol Miner on May 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM said:

Shirley & Family, Thinking of all of you now and sending heartfelt sympathy."Hold tight to your memories,For they become our Treasures" may God comfort you all.
Carolyn Frahm on May 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM said:

My prayers are with you as you go through this time of loss.
Dennis & Deb Schnadt on May 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM said:

Shirley and family, We are so sorry in the loss of Darrel. He was a very kind and caring gentleman. Darrel was very supportive of us and always was concerned about Dennis. I loved sitting next to him at a church service whenever possible just to enjoy his singing voice. We will keep you all in prayer. We will miss him!

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