CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Charley L. Dickey III, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died on Nov. 19, 2017, just two days short of his 96th birthday. He passed away in Santa Monica, California, where he was living with his son, Robert, and his wife, Anna, and grandchildren Amy and Christopher.
There will be a memorial service held 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens in Wyoming. There will also be a burial service in Columbus at 2 p.m. March 1 at the Columbus Cemetery.
Charley L. Dickey III was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in Columbus to Charley Jr. and Wilma Belle Houdersheldt Dickey. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he was enrolled in the School of Engineering until his junior year when he enlisted in the Army, returning in 1946.
Anyone who knows Charley knows WWII was the highlight or his life. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces from February, 1943, to July, 1946. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and transferred to the Engineers. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 11th Combat Engineers going to Europe in November, 1944, where he served as a Reconnaissance Officer in France and later with the Army of Occupation in Austria. He was honored to be awarded a Bronze Star for exceptional meritorious wartime service, 68 years late.
In 1953 he started his 35-year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Columbus as postmaster. He went on to a district position in Omaha, moving on to Chicago for 10 years, and then to Cheyenne, where he retired in 1988, after running a five state area.
He wasn’t long in retirement, purchasing the Little Ole Printshop in Cheyenne which he ran until 2009.
He loved gardening, was a voracious reader, an avid and competitive bridge player, loved talking about WWII and politics, was a serious Cornhusker’s football fan, had a great sense of humor. He was an asset to late night parties for sing-a-longs to his piano playing. He and Martha held many a Columbus Day parties in Cheyenne reinventing it to be a national holiday to the hometown. He was a long-standing Rotary member.
Charley was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Martha, and his brother Warren Dickey. Charley is survived by his sisters, Marion Hanner and Sandra Kniffin and his son Charley L. Dickey IV and his wife Kathleen, his daughter Paula M. Dickey, his son Robert C. Dickey and his wife Anna and their children; his grandchildren Christopher and Amy Dickey, and his daughter, Susan E. Dickey.