William Richard "Bill" Dicus passed away Aug. 7, 2011, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla at the age of 80. A family graveside service will be held on Monday, Aug. 15, at 9:30 a.m, at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. The memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, 717 E. Alder St., Walla Walla, with Pastor Ron Alexander officiating.
Bill was born to Ralph and Leta (Little) Dicus of Walla Walla and lived his entire life in the Valley. He was the eldest of three children. Raised on a farm near the Whitman Mission, Bill learned the value of a good day's work on the family dairy and later turkey farm. At the age of 14 he had a hunting accident that took part of his hand and stunted the growth of his arm. This never seemed to be a handicap for him as he was able to do anything he wanted including golfing in his later years. He was well loved by many friends at Wa-Hi where he was known as the future farmer who cut a fine figure on the dance floor. He graduated high school in 1948 and married Peggy (McReynolds) in 1952. Three children were born to that marriage: Jeff, Julie and Wendy. His first marriage ended and he would later marry Carol (Fulbright) in 1966 and raise her daughter, Heather, as his own. With Carol, Bill had two children, Clinton and Katy. They were later divorced.
Bill was a consummate farmer. He worked for several area wheat growers and also the Prescott Feed and Fuel. He completed farm management studies at Walla Walla Community College and went on to become the farm management instructor in 1971, retiring from that position in 1994. He then operated his own business, Dicus Farm Management, continuing to help many farmers through crisis situations. One of those farmers is his wife, Joan (Schell) from Ephrata, Wash. Bill and Joan were married Nov. 11, 1991, and would have celebrated 20 years of marriage this year. Bill enjoyed some of his very happiest years with Joan.
Bill knew how to have a good time and many happy memories were made as the family enjoyed ski outings on the Snake River. He also bowled with friends who dubbed themselves The Plow Jockeys. He continued bowling with Joan in several mixed leagues until Parkinson's would no longer let him. His well-manicured lawns were his pride and joy. You could always find him out on his John Deere or GrassHopper mower. Bill and Joan traveled through many states and also with their RV group, the Apple Blossom Sams. Bill was a member of the Walla Walla Country Club, the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene, and past member of the Elks, Prescott Lions, Full Gospel Businessman's Fellowship, Prescott Presbyterian Church and Fellowship of Christian Farmers International.
Bill is survived by his wife Joan; children, Jeff Dicus, Medford, Ore; Julie (Blaine) Bickclhaupt, Dayton; Wendy Wheatley, Olympia; Heather (Jim) Sproul, Bakersfield, Calif.; Clint (Linda) Dicus, Bellevue, Wash.; Katy (Ed) Bruya, Spokane; adopted daughter, Beth (Erik) Dasher, Hillsboro, Ore.; brother, Stan (Jan) Dicus, Issaquah, Wash.; brother-in-law, Jim Woods, Walla Walla; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandson; step-children, Cindy (Tim) Ray, Soap Lake, Wash.; Clay Schell, Ephrata, Wash.; Curt (Heidi) Schell, Dixie; three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Donna Woods.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Odd Fellows Home as well as the dear friends and neighbors who so often helped Bill during his final years.
Memorial contributions may be made through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home to the Parkinson's Foundation, Christian Aid Center, or any youth group of your choice.