Gerald Dickinson

Oct 21, 1937 – Apr 8, 2021

Gerald W. Dickinson, 83, of East China Township, formerly of Zion, IL, entered eternal life on Thursday, April 8, 2021 after a short illness. He was born on October 21, 1937 in Marine City, MI to the late David L. and Virneta (Deutch) Dickinson.   

Gerald served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy for 20 years ranked Chief Petty Officer signalman. (USS Yorktown CVS10 1957-59 OS Div.) After his service, he held careers at the Johnson Outboard Motor Company, and then Nosco Printing, both of Illinois, until his retirement. During this time, he was married to his late wife Jaquelyn nee Lambert for 35 years.   

He married Elizabeth Ann (Breiter) Miller on October 6, 2001, and they enjoyed 20 years of marriage. Gerald was an avid reader, a woodworker, and was proficient in his garden. He made really great pancakes and was known for his recipe for baked beans, which he passed on to his children before he left this earth. He was a member of Grace Bible Church of St. Clair, MI. His firm faith in the Lord Jesus Christ helped him to overcome obstacles in life and health issues, and gave him peace before the Lord called him to his heavenly home.  

Gerald is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children: Michael Rochon, Susan (Christopher) Troiano, and Steven (Deborah) Dickinson; six grandchildren: Nicholas (Randi) Rochon, Elisabeth Gann, Alaina (Montana) Rowe, Matthew Troiano, Jaquelyn Dickinson, and Elizabeth Dickinson; 2 great-grandchildren, Addison Rochon and Jack Rochon; a brother, James (Patricia) Dickinson; and a sister, Lois Randolph. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Dickinson, his sisters, Marilyn Hamilton, Sally Achatz, Linda Dickinson and Mary Basney; his daughter, Jacquelyn Gann, and his son-in-law Gary Gann.