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Robert Lee Dickerscheid

April 15, 1924 ~ July 19, 2012 (age 88)
Robert Lee Dickerscheid, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012. He was able to spend his last weeks pain free and peacefully in his own home in Westerville, Ohio whom he shared with his daughter, Jane Gardner. Family was everything to Robert. His best friend and son, Robert (Bobby) Dickerscheid and grandchild, Kate Gardner (both residents of Columbus and Westerville, respectively) were able to constantly be by his side during his last two weeks. He was the kind of dad that brought home a paycheck and was comfortable as Mr. Mom. The love of his life, Betty (Nickel) Dickerscheid of Middletown, preceded him in death in Sidney, Ohio on October 29, 2009. The love of family cannot be overstated when it comes to his family of origin. He was the son of the late Albert and Hallie Mae (Mains) Dickerscheid. Preceding him in death were his brother Albert and his sisters, Edna, Margaret, Hallie and Norma. Surviving brothers, Herman, Harold and Richard were always close to his heart as were sisters, Betty, Mary and Deanna. As a part of The Hamilton Big Blue Graduating Class of 1943, Robert was most proud of his achievements in track and football. Robert was a World War II veteran and proud to serve as a Sea Bee (Construction Battalion), a division of the United States Navy in the South Pacific. By trade, Robert was a pattern maker. Past employments included The Hamilton Foundry, Black and Clawson and Armco Steel (AK Steel). He retired from Armco Steel as a machinist. Robert was fortunate to retire early at the age of 60. He very much enjoyed his retirement. He and Betty shared many walks in the woods and picnics. Robert and his son shared a love of OSU sports, football, basketball, and track and field. In his role as 'Papaw', retirement afforded him the times of his life with his only granddaughter, Katie. He and his family discovered his true calling in carving during his retirement years. His carved Santa Clauses were both admired and highly desired. There will be no funeral, memorial or viewing. Robert will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered per his request. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to either: The Arthritis Foundation, 100 West Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220 or Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney, Ohio is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the Dickerscheid family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
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