Rodney S. Dickey

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rodney S. Dickey, 85, of Edina, Minn. passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to service, at the church. Memorials preferred to the radio ministry of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.

Rod was born on Jan. 9, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Clarence and Una Dickey. He grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is a graduate of Washington High School (Sioux Falls) and the University of Minnesota, where he served as President of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.

Rod's college years were interrupted by World War II, when he entered the Army. The war ended while he was enroute to Okinawa. He served on General MacArthur's staff in Manila and Tokyo.

On Aug. 1, 1953, Rod married Margaret Ranseen. Their marriage was an example to all of love and commitment. They were blessed with two daughters, Susan and Jane.

Rod's career began with Travelers Insurance Company in Fairmont, Minn., as Farm Loan Representative. He held a similar position with Northwestern Mutual in Sioux Falls, S.D. The family moved to Storm Lake where they lived for 24 years. There, Rod served as President of the Federal Land Bank. While in Storm Lake, he served on the City Council, the Library Board, the Park Board, and many other community organizations. In 1980, Rod and Margie moved to Minneapolis, where Rod returned to Travelers Insurance Company as head of the Farm Loan Division until his retirement.

Rod loved all sports. He was an avid golfer and loved to watch football, baseball, basketball, and of course golf. His favorite teams were the Gophers, Vikings, Twins, and Reds.

He was a man of great integrity and humility. He valued education and independence, stressing both while raising his family. He battled COPD and other medical challenges with grace and courage, while always maintaining his sense of humor and gratitude for a wonderful life.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William L. Dickey.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret (Margie) Dickey of Edina, Minn.; Daughters Susan Leach (Alan) of Fort Worth, TX and Jane Kestel (Jeff) of Storm Lake; Grandchildren: Jill Kestel of Omaha, Neb.; Megan Kestel of Omaha, Neb.; and Alec Kestel of Ames; Nieces Diane Carey of Leesburg, Va. and Pam Micciche of Falls Church, Va.