Eureka- Richard Lantz Dickinson, 87, of Eureka, IL,
formerly of Congerville, passed away at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday
February 27, 2013 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.
He was born on August 31, 1925 in Eureka, IL to
Richard and Mildred Lantz Dickinson. Richard graduated from Eureka
High School and then went into the Army Air Corp where he served
his country from September of 1943 to November of 1945 as a
bombardier and radar navigator during WWII.
After the war, Richard attended the University of
Illinois, he then started farming with his grandfather, Senator
Simon E. Lantz. He met the love of his life Annette Schultz at
Eureka College and the two were married on September 6, 1947 in
After marriage, Richard continued farming in
Congerville with his grandfather raising purebred Angus cattle in
what is today the fifth oldest Angus herd in the nation.
He was a member of the American Angus Association,
the Illinois Angus Association; the Central Illinois Angus
Association, the Woodford County Farm Bureau, the Taylor Masonic
Lodge #98, and a past director for the Woodford County FS.
Richard enjoyed sailing and extensive travel with
his wife, Annette. He loved to spend time with his family and
enjoyed tending to his tomatoes in the garden.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Dickinson of
Eureka; one daughter Pam (Ben) Ahring of Cambridge, IL; one son
Rick (Cyndee) Dickinson of Congerville, IL; one son-in-law, Tom
Lytle of Knoxville, IL; one sister, Barbara (Jack) Corcoran of
Easton, PA; his cousin, Bob (Sue) Willerton of Danvers, IL; seven
grandchildren, LeAnna (Brent) Hasson; Ben (Michelle) Ahring; Rich
(Rachel) Dickinson; John Dickinson; Tom (Michelle) Lytle; Laura
Lytle; David (Emily) Lytle; and nine great grandchildren, Blake and
Lexi Hasson; Benjamin and Alec Ahring; Grace and Hope Duley;
Matthew Dickinson; Everleigh Lytle; and Carter Shaw.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda
Richard was a member of the Eureka Christian Church
where funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday March
2, 2013. The Rev. Jennie Churchman will officiate. Visitation will
be held on Friday from 5-7 pm at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
in Eureka. Burial will be at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eureka
Christian Church or to Eureka College. Online condolences may be
sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com
to the family or
plant a tree
in memory of Richard Lantz Dickinson, please
visit our floral store.