Richard “Dick” Dickey, 87, passed away on December 27, 2022 in Oceanside, California. He was an attorney who lived in Wadsworth, Ohio for 55 years, from 1963 to 2018. Then, he moved out to the San Diego area, close to his daughter. He was born July 29, 1935 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Robert Dwight and Mary Shields Dickey.
He was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University both for his undergraduate and law degrees and he met his future wife there. He was a member of Rotary International and had over 50 years of weekly perfect attendance at their meetings. Soccer was a major part of his life as was playing Bridge and tennis. He loved dogs, most especially Labrador Retrievers. Since the 1970’s, he collected antique marbles and had a collection of literally thousands of them. He also volunteered with many organizations in addition to Rotary such as Habitat for Humanity, the Wadsworth Area Soccer Association (playing on the “over 40” team until he was 80…many thanks to his teammates!), and was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal church since he arrived in Wadsworth. He was an eternal optimist and had a zest for life in service to others. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter, Beth (Dino) Gregorich of Oceanside, CA, his grandsons Bobby and Jackson Graham currently in St. Louis, MO, step-grandchildren Tony Gregorich of San Diego, CA, and Danielle (Philip) Puccia and step great-grandson Gino, of Buffalo, NY, his brother J. David (Betty) Dickey, and sister Dianne (David) Nevel, both of Columbus, nephew Jim (Teresa) Dickey of Mt. Pleasant, SC, niece Debra Dickey of Nashville, TN, nephew Patrick Dodane of Columbus, OH, niece Mandy (Juan) Younker of Columbus, OH, nephew Mike (Rebeca) Nevel of Memphis, TN, niece Sarah Biddle of Los Angeles, CA and nephew Scott Biddle of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Constance L. Biddle Marbrey of Oceanside, CA.
He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Ann Oyer Dickey in 2011 and his son, Douglas Dwight Dickey in 1995.
The family would like to thank the staff of Amparo Senior Care for their excellent care of Richard, as well as Dr. Ho and nurses Paula and Shannon of Traditions Health and Hospice of San Diego for their excellent care.
A memorial service will take place in Wadsworth, Ohio in summer of 2023.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Meals on Wheels of Wadsworth or the organization/charity of your choice.