Richard A. “Dick” Dixon passed away on October 3 after a year plus bought with Cancer. He was born May 2, 1935 in the town of Natick Massachusetts to Arthur and Avis Dixon. He relocated to Washington where he graduated highschool, served out an apprenticeship as a machinist and earned a journey level Machinist card with the IAM. Using those skills working for Boeing, he earned his education at the University of Washington and after four years, obtained a BS in Psychology. Upon his graduation he was offered a commission with the Army as a Lieutenant which he accepted and became an Airborne Ranger. Later he married his wife Brenda, who after 55 years of marriage departed this world on Sept. 16th of last year. After 24 years of life in the Army, two combat tours in Viet Nam, numerous accommodations to include a Bronze Star, and over 300 parachute missions, he retired and began a new life as a medical equipment salesman specializing in low vision equipment. He continued with this profession until his wife’s health forced his second retirement. He stayed active with the Gig Harbor Chapter of the Lions helping with their low vision program. During his final retirement he turned to writing books. He was an accomplished and nationally recognized Author of nine published books. His last book is waiting to be published. He is survived by two daughters, Cindy and Evelyn, a son Chris, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Dick is, was, and always will be a soldier, patriot, husband and father.