Darrell Dickinson Obituary

Darrell R. Dickinson
Barney Dickinson
Darrell R. Dickinson

February 20, 1927 - May 25, 2009
Born in New Virginia, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Darrell Ray "Barney" Dickinson, of Urbandale, IA, passed away, Monday, May 25, 2009. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 29, at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel, with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Barney is survived by his wife, Merlene Elaine (Cadwell); three sons and nine grandchildren, Gregory Alan and wife Kathy, of Ankeny, with sons Adam, of San Diego, Grant and wife Zara, of Ames, Matt and wife Jessica, of Ankeny, and Aaron, of San Diego; Jeffrey Steven and wife Kellie, of Urbandale, with daughters Ashlie and husband Erick Oleson, of Chicago and Hollie and fiancé Dan Buchholz, of Urbandale, and son Garrett, of Urbandale; and Jon Eric and wife Laura, of Johnston, with daughter Heather, of Des Moines and son Hunter, of Johnston. Darrell will be greatly missed by all of them.

Barney was preceded in death by two daughters, Carroll Elaine Dickinson Lemon (Mrs. Stan) and Cathy Sue Dickinson; parents, Alva Ray and Doris Lenore Dickinson; sister, Doris Evelynn Dickinson Harsh (Mrs. James); and brother, Kenneth Dickinson.

Barney was born at home on February 20, 1927, to Alva Ray and Doris Lenore (Taylor) Dickinson in New Virginia, IA. He was a WW II veteran and served in General McArthur's Headquarters in both Manilla and Tokyo. He met Merlene while they were students at AIB. They were married September 7, 1947.

Barney was owner and Chairman of the Board of Merchants Distribution Service, Reppert Rigging and Hauling, and MDS Records Management.

During his long career in business, he served on the Boards of Directors of the American Warehouse Association, the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Mid-America Warehouse Association, where he also served a term as president. He was past president of the Iowa Movers & Warehouse Association. Barney served a term on the Board of Directors of the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, as well as two 3-year terms on the Urbandale School Board, two years as President.

Barney was a member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, American Legion Post 663, and a 50-year member of South Gate Masonic Lodge. He attended Covenant Christian Church in Urbandale.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Westover Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Christian Church.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, May 28, 2009
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Friday, May 29, 2009
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Friday, May 29, 2009


Covenant Christian Church
2700 - 72nd Street
Urbandale, IA 50322