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Colonel Curtis Dickinson

Colonel Curtis LaVerne "Curt" Dickinson

Wednesday, July 18th, 1934 - Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Curtis L. "Curt" Dickinson , 85, of Florida, formerly of Mollusk, Virginia passed away June 22, 2020. He was born to Harold Knight Dickinson and Leota Kathryn Wiese on July 18, 1934 in Spencer, IA. There he attended school through HS., graduating in 1952. He married Frances Irene Mohr on October 6, 1957 at Sioux City, IA. Together they had four children, John Curtis, James David, Jerome Fred and Joel Lee Dickinson ; three grandchildren, Kurtis William Dickinson, Jacob Lee Dickinson and Joshua William Harris and one great grandson, Loki Dickinson. His higher education involved a BS in electrical engineering from Iowa State College, an MS in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and a Diploma from the National War College/Defense University. He spent his professional career in the U. S. Army serving first as enlisted where, as a "Radio Propagation's Specialist", he participated in the International Geophysical Year of 1957-8 by collecting ionospheric data on a floating iceberg in the Artic Ocean, participated in trials for atomic events testing, and taught at the Army Signal School. Upon completing college, he took a commission in the Army Signal Corps where he served until retirement in 1986. His duty assignments included overseas tours in Panama (Co. Cdr.), Vietnam twice (RVN Bn Advisor & Bde Sig Ofcr-101st Abn.), and Korea (Sig Bn Cdr 2nd ID) plus stateside tours with the Army Staff, the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the White House Communications Agency where he served both as Plans Officer and Trip Officer providing new equipment and travel packages for presidential travel. He completed his career as a full Colonel while serving as Deputy Cdr. and Assistant Program Manager for the Army's signal procurement agency. His awards/decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Presidential Service Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Following retirement, Curt moved to the Northern Neck and settled in Mollusk, Va. There he built his own home and then became active in several veteran related organizations. He served The American Legion as Post 86 Cdr., 12th District Cdr., and Virginia's Department Vice Cdr., and on several committees. He also served 17 years with the Legion's Boys State Program, the first ten as a city councilor and then as assistant to the Director, finally being inducted into the Boys State Hall of Fame. Curt also chaired the County War Memorial Committee that provided a six sided obelisk honoring the counties heroic war dead and recognizing all who served, to include those in the Merchant Marine. It resides in front of the old Lancaster County Courthouse. He also held several offices in TROA/MOAA and participated in the local SAR. In his later years, Curt wintered in Florida near Orlando, enjoying motorcycling and SCUBA diving and was instrumental in establishing a special NAUI certification for "Grumpy Old Divers".
A funeral service will be held 11:00 a. m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Va. Interment will follow the service at Historic Christ Church Burying Grounds, Weems, Va. Family will receive friends 4-6 p. m. Monday, June 29,2020 at the funeral home Memorial contributions may be made to Adams Post 86, The American Legion, P. O. Box 1982, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 29th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Currie Funeral Home
    Address
    116 East Church St
    Kilmarnock, VA
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Currie Funeral Home
    Address
    116 East Church St
    Kilmarnock, VA
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    Officiant
    Rev. Dr. Tom Coye
  • Interment

    Location
    Historic Christ Church Burying Ground
    Address
    420 Christ Church Road
    Weems, Virginia 22576
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John Beaver

Posted at 04:22pm
I was Curts executive officer when he commanded the 122 Signal Battalion in Korea in 1981. We lived in the same "hootch" and spent all day long in our command area. I shared every meal with him. However, he did not run 20 plus miles per day with me. Curt was a wonderful man and provided me with a great perspective of the Signal Community and was, an inspiration to me. We worked so well as a team. I have exchanged Christmas cards with him every year since 1981. I was always impressed with his life after retirement from the Army. So many contributions and achievements. Thank you Curt for all you mean to me and all you did for mankind...John Beaver, Colonel, Signal Corps, RET
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Bob Landry

Posted at 12:47pm
FRAN - Curt Dickinson is the best boss that I ever had. I worked for Colonel Dickinson at Camp Casey, South Korea in 1980 and 1981. He was the ARMY 2nd Infantry Division Signal Officer and I was his deputy. Curt had to deal with all the Generals and I had to deal with all the Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels on the Division Staff. On several occasions he had to go to bat for me and get me out of "Hot Water". He was a real leader and cared deeply for his officers and soldiers. He kept in close contact with his friends via his Christmas Letter. I remember our Fishing Trip near his home in Mollusk, VA and I always enjoyed reading his annual update. Curt will be truly missed. Bob Landry, LTC, USA, Sterling, VA
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Glenn Arnett

Posted at 11:34am
Deepest sympathies from the women and men of the 1600 Communications Association (comprised of former members of the White House Communications Agency). May he Rest in Peace.
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Posted at 11:02pm
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Alyse Streitberger

Posted at 09:34pm
Summer of mid 1950s, Cronk's 24 hour Cafe ,Spencer. Iowa .Curt and some college buddies had chocolate shakes and scrambled eggs after Curt-the projectionist- filed the reels of the last movie at the theater and locked the projection booth. That of course was about 12:30 AM. The guys discussed and figured serious mathmatical solutions on the paper napkins as they ate.
The big green Mercury with white sidewalls came flying over Calvin's hill to pick up Fran to go to the park for skating, the Roof Garden or perhaps to the Okoboji Drive In Theater.
Curt chose to serve our country with his Electrical Engineering degree from Iowa State University. We are very proud that he also earned the rank of "Full Bird" Colonel. We have loved Curt for years and years and are honored to have been part of his life. Alyse, Neil and Paul
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