Richard F. "Dick" Dickens Jr.

Born: Thu., Jan. 11, 1945
Died: Thu., Jun. 13, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 17, 2013
Location: Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
Location: First Lutheran Church

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Richard F. “Dick” Dickens Jr., 68, of Geneseo passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral services for Dick will be held 10:30 am Tuesday,  June 18, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Arthur Bergren will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation for Dick will be held 4-7 pm Monday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Misericordia or Iowa SIDS Foundation.

Dick was born on January 11, 1945 in Davenport, IA, the son of Richard Sr. and Bernice (Gerard) Dickens.  He graduated from Westmer High School in 1963 and attended Illinois College where he played basketball and earned Little All- American football honors.  He married Tamara Plato on January 29, 1967 and had three children: Scott, Heather, and Jackie.  Tamara preceded him in death in 1989.  He married Sherry VanDerSchaaf on March 24, 1990 and with her children, Steve and Wendy VanDerSchaaf, created a blended family of seven.

He was president of Dickens Construction, Inc. and TamRic Construction, Geneseo, IL and later Dickens Consulting and Construction, Inc. of LeClaire, IA.  He and the staff of those companies provided concrete foundations for numerous General Growth malls, Home Depots and Hy-Vee Stores in the Midwest.  They also provided concrete work for the city of Geneseo and St. Malachy Church.  Dick also coached basketball and taught sign language at the Illinois School for the Deaf.

His greatest joy was his family, spending time with his grandchildren, and attending their various activities.  He also loved fishing for big catfish on the Rock and Mississippi  Rivers, watching the Chicago Bears, playing cards, and watching Westerns.

He is survived by his wife: Sherry Dickens, Geneseo; sons: Scott Dickens (Carol) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Steve (Betsy) VanDerSchaaf of Bettendorf, IA; daughters: Heather (Joel) Francque of Geneseo, IL, Jackie (Brian) Beach, Geneseo, IL, Wendy (Mark) Einsweiler of Galena, IL; grandchildren: Nathan and Lindsey Francque, Danielle Beach, Luke, Brooke, and Jack Einsweiler, and Michael, Max, and Andie VanDerSchaaf; 3 brothers: Troy (Marlene) Dickens, Jack Dickens, and Tim (Anne) Dickens; 1 sister: Dee Hall; brother and sister-in-law: Roger and Mary Spittler;  and several nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents;  wife, Tamara;  and grandson Andrew (A.J.) VanDerSchaaf.

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Merlin and Karen Hamm
   Posted Fri June 14, 2013
Scott and Carol, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. While we cannot be there with you, know that we are spiritually and believe your strong faith will help all through. Love, Merlin and Karen

Kristin Lovett
   Posted Fri June 14, 2013
Jackie, Sherry and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time. Sending my thoughts and prayers for comfort.

Judi Stevenson Bush
   Posted Sat June 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this sad time. I am a second cousin of Dick's on his Mother's side of family. Dick's Grandma Gerard and my Grandma Baner were sisters. We went to school together and I have not seen him since school. My husband and I are coming back to visit and go to the Westmer class reunion, so I am sorry to think of all those that will not be with us to celebrate that 50 yrs.
Judi Stevenson Bush

Henry and Barbara Potter
   Posted Sat June 15, 2013
We are sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Henry went to school with Dick at Westmer. Sending our thoughts and prayers to his family.

Henry and Barbara Potter

Larry Ropp
   Posted Sat June 15, 2013
Always remember Dick as a great guy and willing to help anyone. I will always remember the girls basketball team and all the fun we had during those years. I'm sure you all will have memories like that and that is what I will always hold dear to me when I think of Dick. God Bless.

Robin Toone
   Posted Sat June 15, 2013
We are truly sorry to hear of your loss! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! May memories of a life well lived comfort you in this time of sorrow!
Truly, The Toone's

Zach Smith
   Posted Sun June 16, 2013
If it wasn't for your wonderful head of hair, I don't know if I would have ever met you. It's been an honor and a privilege being your barber and friend over the past 2 years. No matter how tired or sick you were, you always asked about my mother's health (who is fighting ovarian cancer). You were selfless, brave, genuine, and humorously sassy! I'll never forget you, Dick. I'll forever miss your presence, your loyalty, and your wonderful apple crisp..Goodbye my friend, thanks for the memories.

Mary Wassell
   Posted Sun June 16, 2013
Heather, Joel, Nathan and Lindsey and Family,

I was very sad to hear of your father and grandfather's passing. We are sending you our deepest and heartfelt sympathies.

Hold close to your heart all of the wonderful times spent together. Those memories can never be taken away and will help you through the difficult days ahead. Take care and know that we are here if there is anything at all we can do for you.


The Wassell,s

Mike, Mary, Mike and Jenny, Jon and Tommy

Sallymae James
   Posted Sun June 16, 2013
Our condolences to you and your blended family on the loss of one so dear to each of you. The video expresses the love Dick had for family. Thank you for sharing the photos with your friends.
Sallymae and Jesse

Karen (Buege ) Horgus
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
I wanted to give my condolences, I am a daughter of Laverne Bundy and of course heard Dick's name mentioned all of the time over the years of construction with General Growth etc. My Mom, Beverly, died of cancer aswell and she also knew him. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and God bless you, Karen Horgus

Becky Ahart
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013

GARDEN PATH was sent by Becky Ahart.

Thinking of all of you at this time, Jim Ahart and family

   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
to DeeDee, his only sister who loves him dearly, and to Dick's loving family, we know how loved he is and that this is not a easy time for all of you. Saying good bye isnt ever easy for someone who has been a loving son, brother, husband, father , grandfather and friend to so many. Although I never met him in person, I knew him through you, Dee, and may each of you who have fond memories of him, find your comfort in God and the memories of Dick's earthly journey.
God Bless you all;
Gloria L. (Texas)

Marshall & Terry Ayers & Keith & Elaine Irwin
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
We are so sorry to learn that Dick has lost his battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Dave & Marci Gooch
   Posted Sun July 21, 2013
We were sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Dad. I (Marci) just
lost my Dad on June 1st, so we understand what it feels like. May God bless you and all of your family as you go through the grief process.

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