Walter (Walt) L. Dickerson, Marshall, IL, age 78, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Meadows Manor North in Terre Haute IN. He was born June 4, 1941, to Walter L. Dickerson, Sr., and Virginia H. Smith Dickerson in Vincennes, IN. He was a 1959 graduate of Princeton High School, Princeton, IN. He married Jeannette McCarty Dickerson on May 25, 1963 in Princeton, IN; she passed away July 2016.
Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Ridgelawn Cemetery with Rev David Wilson officiating. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Martinsville American Legion Post 515 Honor Guard and Casey VFW Post 5762 Honor Guard.
Walt is survived by his grandchildren, Zachary Dickerson (Amelia), Charlene Lange Reilly (Jason), and Keiffer P. Dickerson; great grandsons, Owen, Jase, Henry; a son, Jeffrey Alan Dickerson, Columbus, IN; nieces, Neeley Muncy, Maxi Paris, and Shawn Antell; nephews, Dan Davis, Mike Davis, Keith Antell, and Robbie Hull; sister-in-law, Patti Davis and her husband Don; father-in-law, Robert McCarty; former daughters-in-law, Debbye Butler, and Kathleen Dickerson; Cheryl Lange and her daughter Morgan Lange; and Moxie Mae, his Doberman. He was predeceased by his parents, wife, Jeannette of 53 years; daughter, Cindy Ann Dickerson, a sister, Patty A. Antell, brother-in-law, Fred Antell.
Walt retired from Marathon Pipeline Company, Martinsville, IL, in 1994 after 33 years service as Maintenance Superintendent. While Walt didn’t have a formal education, he was somewhat of an expert in his field and many sought his counsel with engine/motor problems. He and his wife operated Walt’s Repair Shop for almost 30 years. For several years, he was employed by Gerald Forsythe at Big Creek Golf Course in rural Marshall, IL. He loved mini rod tractor pulling and won the championship at the Illinois State Fair and later enjoyed the “Little Deuce Coupe”, a two wheel drive pulling vehicle.
Walt attended Martinsville Bible Church, served on the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, was a lifetime member and former commander of American Legion Post 515; a member of Casey VFW Post 5762, avid NASCAR and Richard Petty fan, enjoyed fishing and being with friends. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962 stationed in Berlin, Germany, when the infamous Wall was constructed, and he was very pleased at its downfall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Martinsville American Legion, 122 W. Cumberland St., Martinsville, IL 62442 or Cindy Ann Dickerson Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Lakeland College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL 61938, for the continuing education of Martinsville High School senior girls that was established honoring his daughter, who passed in 1986 at age 20 years.
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