Dan Alan Dickens
February 19, 1951 ‒ February 22, 2015
LEXINGTON: Dan Dickens was in the habit of giving freely…without expecting anything in return. He defined generosity and compassion. If Dan had money, those around him had money. He will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and laughter.
His heart-of-gold stopped beating as Dan passed away Sunday morning February 22, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida, on one of his truck-driving runs. He was 64.
He was born February 19, 1951 in Mansfield to Elmer J. and Maxine L. (Vanderbilt) Dickens and attended Lexington Schools. He enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, later served with the Marine Reserves, and re-enlisted for active duty service in the mid 70s.
Dan spent most of his working career behind the wheel of semi-trucks, criss-crossing the country delivering consumer goods.
He is survived by his children Tiffanie Schlupp, SueEllen & Andrew Klinetop and Jason Dickens all of Mansfield; grandchildren Jacob and Kailyn Collins, Christopher, Trent and Kathryn Schlupp and Hailey Mellott; his mother and step-father Maxine & Dick Meredith of Lexington; sister & brother-in-law Penny & Craig McCombs of Lexington; stepsister Linda (Meredith) Solomon of Lexington; nieces and nephews Tracy & Beth McCombs, Teresa & Al Sabedra, Kelly & Sheri McCombs, Dawntashia, Brionna and Tanisha McCombs; aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate Joann (Buechel) Dickens; his father Elmer; grandparents John L. & Berniece Vanderbilt and Elma Dickens; and a stepbrother-in-law David Solomon.
The family will receive friends Monday, March 2, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jim Streib will officiate. American Legion Post #535 will hold military honors. Burial will follow in the Veterans Honor Grounds of Mansfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to his family for final expenses may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Dan’s family. Visit SnyderFuneralHomes.com to leave them a message of comfort or sympathy and see Dan’s tribute video.