Don D. Dickman was born Oct.15, 1925, in Brunsville, the son of Floyd and Katherine (Harms) Dickman. Don was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville. He attended elementary school in Brunsville and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1943. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943 until his honorable discharge in May 1946. Upon his return from the service, Don enrolled in college at Western Union College in Le Mars.
Don was united in marriage to Imogene Pendelton Aug. 13, 1950, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Later that year, Don began his career in banking with Farmer's State Bank in Brunsville and later accepted a position with the Farmer's State Bank in Merrill where he continued until his retirement after 43 years of service in 1993.
Through his years in the banking industry, Don was very civic minded. He had served for several years as the Merrill City Clerk, volunteered with the Merrill Fire Department, was a longtime member of the Merrill Lions Club, and served on the church council of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Don and Imogene enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. They had wintered in Yuma, Ariz., and South Padre Island, Texas, for several winters. They also enjoyed their summer home at Lake Okoboji for more than 25 years.
Don enjoyed going fishing, especially for catfish and his many trips to Canada. He also enjoyed watching sports, particularly the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals. He was an avid gardener and in later years his neighbors assisted him, allowing him to continue. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Imogene of Merrill; two children, a son, Doug Dickman and his wife, Janelle of Sioux City and their children, Thea (John) Volk of Chicago, Alisha (Preston) Schnoor of Denver, Amanda Dewey of Cedar Falls, and Haley Dickman of Denver; a daughter, Vickie Konz and her husband, Marcel of Oyens and their daughter Krista (Nathan) Peters and their son Drake of Waukee; a sister, Doris Brooks of Le Mars; a brother, Gene Dickman of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Donna Rae Cornish and her husband Don of Ireton; and several nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; Floyd and Katherine Dickman; his in-laws, Vernon and Minnie Pendleton; a brother-in-law, Dr. Leonard Brooks; a sister-in-law, Cheryl Dickman; and a nephew, Curtis Cornish.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill with the Rev. Peter Boe officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill with military honors provided by the Merrill Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present after 6 p.m. to greet friends followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers will be Thea Volk, Alisha Schnoor, Amanda Dewey, Haley Dickman, Krista Peters, Doug Dickman, and Marcel Konz.
Memorials will be directed to Le Mars Area Dialysis Center and St. John Lutheran church in Merrill.
Expression of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.