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Our wonderful husband, father, grandpa, and brother Richard S. Dixon, age 76, passed away on December 21, 2022, after battling with the heartbreaking disease Lewy Body Dementia.
Richard was born on December 9, 1946, in Provo, Utah. He was the youngest of five children born to Glen and Elva Schemensky Dixon. Richard had an ideal childhood enjoying the outdoors with his family, especially while hunting and fishing. Richard was a natural athlete excelling in football and baseball. He would often leave for the baseball park first thing in the morning and wouldn’t come home until dinner. He was known for his home runs. His friends and family still talk with excitement about watching him hit long-bomb homers. He graduated from Provo High School in 1965. He received a scholarship to play baseball for Brigham Young University. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor’s in Science.
In 1966 he was drafted by the US Army and then sent to Vietnam. Richard served honorably in Vietnam from 1966-1968. One night, he and his squad were out on patrol securing supplies. On the way back to their barracks, they were viciously attacked by the Viet Cong. Richard was seriously wounded from gunshots and a rocket-propelled grenade explosion. He spent over seven months in the hospital recovering. As he recovered from his injuries, he gained a strong testimony of the power of prayer. General Westmoreland presented him with a Purple Heart. He is a hero to our family and his country.
After returning from the war, Richard’s sister Jeanie introduced him to Sherry Pyper from Springville, Utah. She fell in love with his witty personality and handsome good looks. His new Oldsmobile 442 was an added bonus. They married on June 26,1969, in the Salt Lake Temple, and were blessed with five beautiful children. Their early years together were spent in St. Louis, Missouri, but they raised their family primarily in Sandy, Utah.
Richard loved hunting and fishing, especially with his sons and grandsons. He was the happiest in the mountains. When we get together as a family, the most fun memories and gregarious laughter are shared when talking about the shenanigans that went on during hunting season. When returning from his fishing adventures, he loved to share his catch of the day with friends and neighbors.
Richard loved family above all else. He was a dedicated husband and father and worked hard to support his family. He was known to show up early to all of his kid’s athletic events. He hardly ever missed a game when his own kids were playing and later in life, he supported his grandkids, whether they participated in piano recitals or football games.
He was the life of every party, and he could light up a room. He had a fun sense of humor that his family and friends adored. He was loved by all who knew him. We can only imagine the reunion in heaven as he was greeted by his loved ones, including his dad who died when Richard was 16, over 60 years ago. Richard was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He shared his love with others through his friendly and outgoing personality. He loved visiting with ward members and neighbors.
Richard is preceded in death by his mom, dad, brothers, Max Dixon and William Dixon, and sister, Shirley (Keith) Davis. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sherry Pyper Dixon, his children: Darin (Heidi) Dixon, Ryan Dixon, Angie (Stan) Davies, Kristen (Wade) Brown, and Sara (Todd) Furness, 22 adorable grandchildren, his sister Jean Dixon Elliott, and sisters-in-law Ina Dixon and Karen Dixon.
Our family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ashford Assisted Living, Pointe Meadows Rehabilitation Center, and the hospice team at Active for their patience and love over the last four months. The children would also like to thank their sweet mother, Sherry, who lovingly and selflessly cared for their dad for many years as his health declined.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens located at 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Draper Utah Crescent View Stake Center located at 11626 South 300 East, Draper, Utah with a viewing from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Interment to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery located at 1997 South 400 East Street Mapleton, Utah.
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Cousin Richard, you have left us way to early. I still carry a heavy heart from the loss of brother Bill and now, I carry that heaviness with you in my thoughts.
I smile when I see your white hair and look in the mirror at mine. Guess we can both thank Grandma Hattie for that. I will leave you this not with a smile..
God is with you now and he welcomes you into his kingdom.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. It’s such a hard time of year to lose someone. I know because I lost my husband on Mother’s Day.
But know I love you and my prayers are with you at this time.
Heavenly Father is watching over you and will console you in prayer.
I thought Richard was the greatest, funniest, guy, I will miss him through Jeannie’s sorrow. Love you Sheri
I am so sorry for your families loss. I have to say, the first time I met Dick he made me feel like I’d known him forever, Hie set the tone and a legacy for his wonderful family that makes everyone they meet feel the same way.. i feel your loss and pray for your peace as a family.
I'm Soo sorry for your loss
Oh man, Sara, I know how much you loved your sweet Dad. My deepest sympathies for you and your dear family. Death is always so hard for those of us left behind. (I KNOW THIS, AS I LOST BOTH OF PARENTS SINCE THE PANDEMIC, 6 MONTHS APART) I often look at my mothers picture and have a one-sided conversation with her. I miss her just as much today as the day she left me. Hold fast to those wonderful, fun memories you had with your father. I only met him once, but I knew in that moment that he loved his family above all else. Keep his spirit alive in your heart with all of your wonderful memories. Hugs to you, my friend.
I give my heartfelt sympathy for your sorrow at this time. May you feel peace and support and the love of Heavenly Father. So difficult to lose such a dynamic Dad and husband. Bless you as you go forward in your lives.
With love ,
What a fantastic tribute to Rich! We witnessed his dedication over the years as we shared so many family events as friends. He and Sherry were staples at each event, from just being there, to making everyone feel comfortable and cared about. We want to tell the entire family what a great job you all did celebrating his wonderful, full, life. Your shared experiences were just like him - fun and entertaining, serious and strong, tough, tender, very spiritual and focused on the Savior and eternity. Thank you for sharing his life with us! We loved seeing the photos of this beautiful couple and your family! We love the Dixon's! What an example of true love they are to all of us! We will be praying for you over the coming days and weeks in this tender and difficult time.
I want send condolences to the Dickson family. Rich was an amazing and great man! I just found out today about his passing, wish I could have gone to his funeral. I use to always secretly wish that he was my dad, but I was never that lucky! All the best And God-bless
I always wonder what happened after Provo high graduation to many of the people I knew. I was reading the Y magazine and saw his name and wondered if it were the same guy that I knew . He and I went to Timpanogos elementary school together. He had a left handed ball glove that he would loan me when this team went to bat. I heard he got messed up in Nam and have often wondered what happened to him. I am sure the Lord has a great spot for him and his fun personality. my best condolences, Steve