Obituaries for week of 11-21-12
September 14, 1943 - November 4, 2012
Former Madras resident Arthur Dale Adams, 69, of Walla Walla, Wash., passed away on Nov. 4, 2012. Services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at 2 p.m., Nov. 29. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.
Wilton Louis Dickson
Wilton Louis Dickson "Bill," 87, a lifelong resident of Wasco and Jefferson County, passed away Nov. 15, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Antelope, the second child of Louis C. Dickson and Addie Taylor Dickson, second generation homesteaders of Antelope.
Bill attended elementary school in Grass Valley, Antelope, and Donnybrook, and high school in The Dalles and Maupin.
After his service with the Marines in World War II, Bill received his high school diploma and attended five years in GI Ag School in Jefferson County.
He married Frances Wheeler on Dec. 22, 1948, at the Christian Church in Madras.
Bill spent his working career raising wheat and cattle with his dad and his son in Antelope and in the Madras area. In addition he served as the Antelope post master from 1977-1988.
During his lifetime, Bill was active in the Ash Butte Grange, the American Legion, the Mount Jefferson Odd Fellow Lodge, the Jefferson County Historical Society, the Antelope Community Church, and the Madras Christian Church.
He and Frances enjoyed numerous trips throughout the U.S. and Canada. When they retired to Madras in 1989, Bill enjoyed his trips to the ranch, taking and guiding historical tours around Jefferson County and Oregon, attending his grandchildren's concerts and events, and spending many Wednesday afternoons at the Madras Auction Yard.
As long as he was able, he was an active member of the Madras Truck Stop Coffee Break Club. Bill was an avid storyteller, reader and loved local history.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances Dickson; and three of their four children: son, David (and wife Melinda) of Antelope; daughters, Ellen McNamee (John) of Antelope, Susan Taylor (Mitch) of Madras; daughter-in-law, Margaret Dickson of La Canada, Calif; grandchildren, Lainy Cullen, Caskey Dickson, Troy Dickson, Todd Dickson, Amy McNamee, Larry McNamee, Evan Taylor, Garrett Taylor; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his son, Gary Dickson, his sister Phyllis Forman, and his parents Louis and Addie Dickson.
Services will be held Monday, Nov. 26, beginning with the burial at Mount Jefferson Memorial Cemetery at 10 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m., by a memorial service at Madras Christian Church, 115 S.E. C St., Madras. Call Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home at 541-475-2241 for viewing times.
Memorial donations may be made to Mountain View Home Health and Hospice, Jefferson County Food Bank, Jefferson County Historical Society or a charity of your choice.
Kody Ryan Dixon
March 4, 1991 - October 30, 2012
Former Madras resident Kody Ryan Dixon, 21, fought a long, hard battle against cancer, but lost that battle Oct. 30, 2012, in Prineville.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Crook County High School auditorium in Prineville. A reception will follow at the country club in Prineville.
Kody was born March 4, 1991, in Madras, to Shawnel Dee Dixon, joining his big sister Krista. At age 8, he was adopted by Kim and Tracey Dixon, where he joined two more big sisters, Rachelle and Brie, and a younger brother, Jared.
Kody attended kindergarten through second grade at Madras Elementary, then attended Crook County Christian School from the third through eighth grade. He participated in T-ball (in Jefferson and Crook County), soccer, Little League, football, Mat Club and was a four-year member of the Crook County varsity wrestling team.
In 2009, he graduated from Crook County High School. He then attended the welding certification program at Central Oregon Community College until his diagnosis of cancer on Christmas break of that year.
He met his wife Chelsie while living in Redmond. In November 2011, they had a daughter, Destiny. Kody and Chelsie were married in April of this year.
Kody enjoyed hunting and sports activities including baseball, football, wrestling, and golf. His other hobbies included skateboarding, riding dirt bikes, and spending time with family and friends. He was especially fond of his daughter and watching her grow.
Kody is survived by his wife, Chelsie Dixon; daughter, Destiny Dixon; his parents, Kim and Tracey Dixon of Prineville; sister, Rachelle and husband Aj Hurt of Prineville; brother, Jared and wife Arika Dixon of Bend; sisters, Krista Penaloza of Madras, and Brie Jumping Bull of Portland; grandparents, Chuck and Cheryl Kissler of Madras, and Dean and Mary Lou Gertner of Prineville; great-grandfather, John Hinkle of Madras; eight nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Margaret Hinkle; grandfather, Fred Dixon; mother, Shawnel Dixon; and Uncle Kiley Dixon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Partners in Care of Bend; Pioneer Memorial Hospice; Crook County Relay For Life; Crook County wrestling; or any cancer research foundation of your choice.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville is in charge of the arrangements.