ROBERT L. “DIGGER” DICKEY, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away at his residence on Sunday, February 10, 2013. He was born April 1, 1925 in Farmland, Indiana to the late Ralph R. and Ruth (Livingston) Dickey. He was a co-owner and operator, retiring in 1986 from Elzey-Dickey-Haggard Home For Funerals after 34 years. He was a WWII Army Veteran, a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church, Indiana Funeral Director Association, American Legion #296, D.A.V. #13, I.O.O.F. Harmony Lodge #19, Scottish Rite, Waynedale Masonic Lodge #739, Orchard Ridge Country Club, Mizpah Shrine, was the first President of the Allen County Funeral Director Association, and served as a director for Fort Wayne Savings and Loan.
He was an avid golfer and sports fan. He enjoyed traveling to many destinations; Las Vegas was one of his favorites along with wintering in Florida.
Surviving are his wife, Edith Marie Dickey of Fort Wayne; daughters, Pamela Dickey of Fort Wayne and Karen (John) Lantz of Avilla; grandson, Eric (Monica) Dickey of Maryville, Missouri; brother, Bill (Carol) Dickey of Muncie; step daughter, Roxie (Gary) Zuercher of Geneva; three step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and six step great grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was his first wife, Ollie Dickey in 1998; brothers, Rolland Dickey, Adam Dickey, and Curney Dickey; and sisters, Pauline Rauh, Juanita Maxwell, and Delphine Dickey.
A funeral service was held Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Waynedale United Methodist Church or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Visit Elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com to leave condolences.
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