Obituary Notices and Memorials


DICKENSON, Archie The world lost a tremendous man last weekend. Archie S. Dickenson, born April 2, 1921, in Lemoore, Calif., passed away on March 13, 2016, in Fullerton, Calif. Should you ever need a guide on how to be a kind, upstanding man with an enviable life respected by all who had the good fortune to know him, look to Dickensons example.A veteran of World War II, Archie was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a devoted husband to his stunning wife of 69 years, Janet Lucille Dickenson, (Comer). The two met at the Bakersfield restaurant where Janet worked as a carhop when Archie was working for Standard Oil, but the attacks on Pearl Harbor shortened the period of their courtship. They married soon after, and never looked back.After returning from the War, Archie, Janet, and their son Larry briefly settled in Bakersfield before moving to Lancaster, where the family, that would grow to include son, Richard, and daughters, Kathy and Donna, and later, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, lived since the mid-fifties. Archie worked as a liquor salesman, representing Kern Wholesale Liquor Company, and gaining an intimate knowledge of California only those who routinely travel its highways and take the time to talk with its residents are privy to. At the time he was profiled by The Seagram Spotlight in June 1954, Archie was covering around 4,000 miles per month, calling on 138 accounts across 500 miles of desert and mountains, often on roads that no longer exist today. Archie regularly credited his success in sales to his work ethic and the relationships he worked so hard to cultivate and maintain with his customers.Good relationships and hard work werent just vital to his career - they were integral to his character. His reliability was a quality that his wife, Janet, often gushed about to their grandkids. 'If he says hes going to do something, you better believe hes going to do it,' Janet would often say, tapping her nails on their octagon-shaped kitchen table at Lowtree for emphasis. Archie was a man who would go out of his way for people, and he would never act like it was anything other than a pleasure. As he once told his grandson, Brandon, 'The world offers you as much as you offer the world. Never forget that. Anything you can do for the world, do it.' The Seagram Spotlight deemed Archie 'handsome, active, and personable,' and they were right. He was incredibly charming - he had the gift of making people feel not just special, but special to him - and one knew his words were sincere based on the strength of his character. Even towards his final months, Archie was brimming with kind words and gratitude, always looking back fondly on a life well-lived. Archie cherished spending time with his friends and loved ones, and those of us who survive him will miss his enveloping hugs, his hearty laughter, his dry wit, his sharp intelligence, his sometimes salty language, his dependability, and most of all, Archie. Archie Dickenson is survived by his sons Larry S. (Gayle) of Mercer Island, Wash., Richard J. (Marcie) of Hillsboro, Ore., daughter Kathy (Larry) Roberts of Fontana, Calif., grandchildren Stacey, Dana, Steven, Kimberly, Michelle, Michael, and Brandon, and his great-grandchildren William, Caroline, Claire, Blake, Annabeth, Mary Ashleigh, Sydney, Ashley, and Brooke. He was predeceased by his wife, Janet, in 2011, and his daughter, Donna. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster.

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