William David (Bill) Dickey, former Shoals resident, passed away on the morning of November 10th, 2018, at Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, after a very difficult year of illness. Bill was born on January 28, 1941, in Indianapolis to Charles A. and Inez P. (Neighbors) Dickey. He attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, graduating in 1958, and remained in Indianapolis until moving to Shoals in 1980. He married Judy Dickey on January 24, 1981, and she preceded him in death in 2017.
Bill was employed by Citizens Gas and Coke Utility for over 45 years, first as a service man, and later in a technical capacity after returning to school and graduating in 1990 from Ivy Tech with Phi Theta Kappa Honors, earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronics Technology.
Bill was a 38-year member of Shoals Eagles Aerie #2442, serving as Past Worthy President and 10-year Secretary and Trustee. He also served the State of Indiana F.O.E. in various offices, becoming Indiana State President in 2013-14 Fraternal Year. He served the Grand Aerie as Central Regional President and as Election Chairman at the Grand Convention. He was nominated to the Indiana Eagles Hall of Fame in 2016. Bill’s passion was fundraising for Eagle Charities throughout the State. He co-founded the Blues Brother Revue and Showtime Security to help raise significant funds. He was most proud of the fundraising work of his and Debbie Staley’s State Project for Camp Riley. This project raised $250,000 and the endowment created from this will sponsor 5 campers every year at Camp Riley, in perpetuity.
Bill was the ultimate entertainer, a talented singer, and a guitar and keyboard player. He played in numerous bands beginning in his early 20’s, in the Indianapolis night club circuit, until his early 60’s, in and around Southern Indiana, and during that time played everything from Rock and Roll to Funk to Country. He enjoyed karaoke as well, and blew everyone away with his antics on stage. Hand Bill a microphone and he could really get a crowd going! At family gatherings, it was a given that Bill would play guitar and sing, and his mother, her 7 beautiful sisters, and many cousins would get in on the act. Oh, the harmonies that would come from those sing-a-longs!
Bill is survived by his children: Diana Matthews-Summerton (Larry) of Bedford, Linda Machura (Frank) of Portage, Teresa Dickey of Indianapolis, Paula Wainwright of Plainfield, and William D. Dickey II of Indianapolis; as well as Judy’s beloved children: Pamela Baker (Brent) of Washington, Bradley Howell (Lana) of Montgomery, and Mary (Pfettscher) Reese (Mike) of Evansville. All of these children combined provided Bill and Judy with a legacy of 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and one on the way.
In addition to the love of his life, Judy, he was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Carolyn Greenan (Bill), as well as many other great friends and members of his extended family. There should be a rowdy game of Euchre or 500 Rummy going on in Heaven right now, along with a lot of laughter, singing and dancing that were common-place when everyone got together in this life.
Services will be held at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals on Wednesday, November 14th at 11 am. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 13th, from 4pm to 8pm, and from 9am until time of service on Wednesday. There will be a F.O.E. Memorial Service at 7pm on Tuesday evening.
The Queen Lee Chapel in Shoals will be in charge of the arrangements. Donations to the IU School of Medicine, to help advance the research in dementia related brain disease, lieu of flowers, are appreciated. Include with your donation a note stating In Memory of William D. Dickey, Your Name and address, and amount of your donation. Checks payable to Alzheimer Disease Research in Pathology MEMO LINE: IUF-ACCT: 0380009961, may be mailed to:
Alzheimer Disease Research in Pathology,
c/o Francine Epperson
Dementia Research Laboratory
Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
635 Barnhill Drive, MS A-142
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120