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Richard (Dick) Leonard Dickinson

Richard (Dick) Leonard Dickinson

Richard (Dick) Leonard Dickinson, 88, of Bemidji, MN, died December 1, 2013, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, at 1pm at The First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Lou Ellen Hartley officiating. A time of sharing will be Tuesday, December 3, from 5-7 pm at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday.

Dick was born November 3, 1925, in Bemidji, to Leonard R. and Agnes (Jacobson) Dickinson. He grew up in Turtle River Township at Buena Vista Ranch. He attended the same grade school as his father, Leonard, (the Little Red School House near the ski area) and then continued at Central Elementary School in Bemidji, (the same school Dick's children attended.) After graduating from Bemidji High School in 1943, Dick started his college career at Bemidji State Teacher's College until he turned 18, when he then enlisted in the Army Air Force. He served in WWII, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He then attended Minnesota School of Business, where he graduated with a degree in Business Management. Dick married Donna Swenson on August 21, 1954, at the First Presbyterian Church, Bemidji. They were married for 59 years.

Buena Vista Ski Area: Dicks father, Leonard, had begun clearing trees on the hills of the Buena Vista Ranch for the families skiing enjoyment. Subsequently, Dick and his brother, Earle, continued to develop Buena Vista Ski Area, and officially opened to the public in 1949.

A life in Real Estate: Dick established Dick Dickinson Realtors in 1954, which is still operating today with son Mark as the owner. He also served as president of the Bemidji Board of Realtors.

Community Service: Dick was active in the Bemidji Jaycees, Rotary, Shriner's, Masons, and the Elks Lodge 1052 where he was the longest established member). He was also a member of the American Legion. He was a lifelong member of The First Presbyterian Church. He sang in the church choir for years. Dick also loved volunteering at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.

Music: Dick had a love of music that endured through his entire life. He was a founding member of the Paul Bunyan Barbershop Chorus. He initially belonged to the Timbertones quartet, and sang with other quartets as well until the formation of the Century Notes. Dick continued to sing and socialize with the Century Notes right up to the end! The Century Notes were together for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Bemidji, daughter Karen (Hollis) Treeby of Hecla SD, son Mark (Wanda Batchelder) Dickinson of Bemidji, daughter Janet (Doug Rees) Dickinson of New York City, NY, and six grandchildren: Rex Treeby, Halley (Scott) Kleemann, Wyatt Treeby, Jenna Batchelder, Danny Dickinson and Michael Dickinson; sisters, Lois (Doug) Cann and Muffy Dickinson of Bemidji.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Agnes Dickinson, brother Earle and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: Meals on Wheels or The First Presbyterian Church, both in Bemidji.

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