February 06, 1935 ‒ November 15, 2013
BELLVILLE: As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12) Compassionate and humble, soft spoken and faithful, Raleigh Dickerson followed Christ’s example. On Friday, November 15, 2013 Raleigh H Dickerson finished his race and is now at peace after passing away in the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center following an extended illness. He was 78.
Raleigh was born in Robinson, Illinois to Albert and Anita (Hurd) Dickerson, but spent much of his childhood in Findlay, Ohio. In 1953 he was graduated from Findlay High School, and as a young man joined the Army. Stationed in Alaska, Raleigh was honorably discharged after 4 years of service. Following his military service, Raleigh earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ohio Northern University. While in college he met Judy Gundrum. The two were married on June 16, 1963.
Residing in Bellville, Raleigh worked for Therm-O-Disc as a mechanical engineer. He later retired from Hi-Stat as a quality control manager.
Raleigh enjoyed nature. Almost every year he looked forward to working and tending to his vegetable garden. A talented carpenter, Raleigh excelled at woodworking and even built a loom for his daughter. Able to cook when needed, he made the best croissants, scones, and fish chowder.
Always eager to learn, Raleigh loved reading, especially his Bible and biographies. Even recently he was taking German classes. He also taught adult literacy classes.
A member of F.O.R.C. Food Co-op, Raleigh attended both regional and statewide meetings.
A model of spiritual consistency, in the early 1990’s Raleigh traveled to Austria on a mission’s trip. As a member of New Life Church of Christ, he served as deacon, three terms as elder, was part of New Life’s shepherding ministry, and always enjoyed the company and friendship of close church friends.
Raleigh will be remembered as a compassionate husband, father, and grandfather; as a godly man who set a good example by living for the Lord and serving others.
He is survived by his loving wife Judy Dickerson of Bellville; son Aaron Jay Tyo-Dickerson and his wife Kimberly of The Hague, The Netherlands, daughter Sarah Elizabeth Sutherland and her husband Lowe of Louisville, Kentucky; grandchildren Abity and Tagesech Tyo-Dickerson and Levi Crowe Sutherland; brother Kay Dickerson and his wife Cathy of Amherst, sister Joan Sites of Findlay; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Martha Gundrum of Lexington; nieces, nephews, extended family and a large circle of church friends.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 from 2-4 pm in New Life Church of Christ, 195 West Durbin Avenue, Bellville.
The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to assist the Dickerson family with compassionate cremation services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Unverferth House may be made through the funeral home.
Online Condolence to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com