James Sherman Dickinson, 88
James Sherman Dickinson, 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 at Serenity Villa.
Jim was born in Weaubleau, Mo. on July 7, 1923 to the late Charles and Bonnie (nee Cowen) Dickinson. The family moved to Richfield where he attended Slinger High School and graduated in 1941.
Jim was inducted into the U.S. Army, Feb. 14, 1943. After Basic Training in Miami, FL., he was assigned to the 1211th MP CO (AVN), 14th Air Force: one of the first MP Coís to be sent to China. He served as an MP with the Flying Tigers Squadron in the China Burma-India Theater. Jim was awarded the victory medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars, four overseas service bars and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged on Jan. 8, 1946.
After his return from the service, Jim settled and married his high school sweetheart, Winifred "Winnie" (nee Skinner) on June 10, 1948. Shortly after, they started their family beginning with Timothy, Michael, Christopher, and then Martha.
Jimís working life was dedicated to the Village of Slinger. Jim was employed as the Director of Public Utilities and part-time police officer from 1948-1988. He also served with the Slinger Fire Department as a volunteer for over 30 years.
Jim was a member of the VFW, Zunker Held Post Chapter #3358. He had a lifelong interest in aviation and developed a hobby of flying model airplanes. After retirement, he took up golfing and once even scored a hole in one.
Jim is survived by his children Timothy (Jean), of Whitewater, Michael (Sally) of Black Creek, Christopher of Chicago, and Martha (Douglas) Hefter of Slinger; grandchildren Margaret (Timothy) Seifert of Milwaukee, Benjamin(Melissa) Dickinson of Wellington, Colo. Steven (TaNaya) Dickinson of Appleton, Jennifer Dickinson of Appleton, West and Nicholas Hefter of Slinger; and great-grandchild Charles Seifert of Milwaukee. He is further survived by a dear friend, Marie Byers; sisters Margaret Sponholz of West Bend, Geraldine (Wallace) Ritterbusch of West Bend; sister-in-law Lucille Freeze of West Bend; and nieces and nephews Herbert (Patricia) Sponholz, Carl Sponholz, Barbara (Chuck) Spaeth, Beverly (Eugene) Mueller, Kenneth (Sandra) Sponholz, Lorraine Dickinson, Linda (Donald) Ehlenbeck and Dina Roberts.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bonnie Dickinson; wife, Winifred; in-laws, Elsmer and Martha Baertschy; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Alice Dickinson; and brother-in-laws, Carl Freeze and Herbert Sponholz.
Jim spent the last two years of his life at Serenity Villa in Slinger, where he was known for his sweet gentle soul. His love for life kept him fighting courageously.
The funeral service for James will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend) with Pastor Joseph Brath officiating. The visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from noon until the time of service (2 p.m). Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Slinger.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Gary Herdrich and his amazing staff, Jill Dhein, Tracy Ermer, Horizon Home and Hospice, and the Serenity Villa staff for the compassionate care they provided to Jim.
The Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger is assisting the family, 262-644-5296 www.phillipfuneralhome.com.