Ralph Eugene Dickinson, the son of Dorothy (Frazer) and Rolland E. Dickinson, was born December 6, 1945 at Sterling, Colorado. He departed this life on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the CHI Health-Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 72 years, 6 months and 26 days.
Ralph received his education from the Ainsworth schools. He was awarded his professional certificates attending the Law Enforcement Training Center and the Criminal Investigation Unit in 1976. He was employed for four years in law enforcement and then worked as a heavy equipment operator on road construction in many states until his retirement.
A veteran of the United States Army, Ralph served his country in Vietnam and for a period of time with the special forces from February 16, 1966 until his discharge from service on February 16, 1968. He was united in marriage with Victoria S. Mans on December 31, 1968 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Riverton, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two sons, Ryan and James.
In his leisure time Ralph enjoyed pursuing a number of activities and interests including hunting, fishing, cooking and woodworking. His greatest love in life was for his family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Leona Rae Ahlers and Joyce Dickinson, and a brother, Timothy Dickinson.
Left to treasure his memory are his loving wife, Vicki Dickinson of Elwood, Nebraska; sons, Ryan Dickinson and wife Mary of Ogallala, Nebraska and James Dickinson and wife Lisa of Firth, Nebraska; 5 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Judy Scheinost and Gail Stokes; brother, John Dickinson and wife Brenda; half-sister, Lisa Kelly and husband Peter; half-brother, Matthew Wozniak and wife Carlene; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, 10:30 a.m., July 7, 2018 at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the Rev. Paul Frank officiating. Inurment with military honors was at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Red Cloud.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
Phone: (402) 746-2500