Rodney G. Dickenson, 65, passed away in Nampa, Idaho, on Aug. 6, from injuries sustained while doing what he loved — working outdoors among cows, horses, dogs, and family.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 11, at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff, Neb., with Pastor Michael Clement officiating. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Sunset Memorial Park, with military rites by Nebraska Army National Guard.
Rod grew up in Burns and graduated from Burns High School in 1965. He was the only child of Duane and Helen Dickenson, who preceded him in death. He grew up helping on the family ranch and never lost his love of ranching.
Ron served his country honorably. He spent three years in the United States Army and completed a tour in Vietnam.
He had a long career in retail management. His work ethic and people skills made him a manager who was respected and loved. At the time of his death, he was employed by Lowe’s.
Rod loved outdoors and looked forward to skiing each winter, hunting each fall, and fishing year-round.
In 1972, he married Pam and was later divorced, but his marriage gave him his daughter, Tera Lyn Hart, born May 7, 1973, who he loved deeply. Later, he married Sharon Boyer, and became a loving father to Loranna Lea Ecker. Lori will miss the long talks she had with her dad. In 2002, Rod met Carol Shingleton, and in 2005, they began building a life together. Rod became a father figure to Carol’s daughter, Alisha, and son-in-law, Shane, and grandpa to Clayton, Chance, Cord and Joise. Rod and Carol were planning a move to Nebraska, where they would spend their retirement years in a little farmhouse where he could be right in the midst of ranching, riding, and the great outdoors.
Survivors include his daughter, Tera Lyn Hart and son-in-law, Lt. Col. Alan Hart, and grandchildren, Connor, Brennan, Riley, and Katherine, all of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Loranne Lea Ecker, and granddaughter, Kayla Dawn Johnson of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and life partner, Carol Shingleton; and Shane and Alisha Symons and their children.