Donald E. Dicken, 79, of Franklin, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
He was born in Osco, Kentucky, on Jan. 25, 1937, to Willie E. and Martha E. (Conner) Dicken.
Donald married Patricia Diane Schrotberger in Silver Springs, Maryland, on Sept. 5, 1964. Don was a U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Three, with 23 and a half years of service with tours of duty all over the world, including Vietnam, retiring in October 1979. He also worked for the Kawneer Architectural Company in Franklin as anodizing supervisor and maintenance supervisor, retiring in August 1992. He also worked for 10 years at the Franklin United Methodist Community in transportation.
Don enjoyed bowling, basketball, football and wrestling and going to auctions. He was a caring, friendly, witty and courageous man who loved life and lived it to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James D. Dicken and Johnny M. Dicken; and two sisters, Mary L. James and Leta J. Relken.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; son, Donald P. Dicken of Franklin; four daughters, Teresa L. Bair of Franklin, Michelle A. Yates of Franklin, Cynthia M. Aldridge of Franklin and Valerie Kormick of Wyoming; three brothers, Paul L. (Susie) Dicken of Franklin, Charles W. (Cathy) Dicken of Franklin, and Harold J. (Jeanie) Dicken of Franklin; three sisters, Barbara S. Blackwell of Franklin, Patricia A. Hayes of Franklin, and Margaret J. Hudson of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Justin (Reagan) Bailey of Kansas, Haley Dicken of Franklin, Brady Aldridge of Franklin, Alexandria Aldridge of Franklin, Jacob Bair of California (Marines), Jasmine Adams of Franklin and Dakota Dayton of Edinburgh; three great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Bailey, Ava Bailey, Evelyn Bailey of Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a funeral service at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
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