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.