WESTFIELD, Mass. | Theodore R. Dickson, 73, passed away on Jan. 12, 2017, at Holyoke Medical Center. He was born in Deadwood, SD, to the late James U. and Ruby (Larson) Dickson.
He was a graduate of the University of South Dakota, was a former criminal investigator for the State of South Dakota, was Chief of Police in Sturgis, SD, and worked as a general contractor in South Dakota and Massachusetts.
Tedd served his country with the United States Navy during Vietnam from 1962-1968 aboard a nuclear submarine. He attained the rank of Machinists Mate 2nd class and received the Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Because of his proud service, Tedd spent the last couple years at the Soldiers Home of Holyoke, keeping busy with art classes and photography and serving on the Advocacy Council. His family would like to thank the staff and nurses for the special care and support given to Tedd and his family. He was a member of Kiwanis, VFW Post 124 and the American Legion 454.
Tedd is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Dale M. (George) Dickson of Westfield; his daughter, Ellen M. Jordan and her husband Michael of Westfield; two cherished grandsons, Samuel and Benjamin; and two brothers, James Dickson of St. Paul. MN, and Gary Dickson of Sioux City, IA. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Douglas Dickson.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 16, at Firtion Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St., with visitation two hours prior. Burial will be held in the spring at Pine Hill Cemetery, Western Ave.
Donations in Tedd’s name may be directed to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040 or to the Friends of Pine Hill Cemetery, 140 W. Silver St., Westfield, MA 01085.