Art Stanley Dickinson
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Art Stanley Dickinson
  • April 11, 1925 - March 30, 2017
  • Texas

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Arthur S. Dickinson, 91, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Houston Hospice, having lived in his words, "The American Dream". Art was born on April 11, 1925 to Roscoe Flynn Dickinson and Nina Blanche Crowl Dickinson in Denver, Colorado where he was the younger of two sons.

Art was known for his devotion to his church, family and friends. He was an avid runner, enjoyed fly-fishing and Colorado. He was an enthusiastic storyteller with a great sense of humor. Art was most influenced by his only sibling, Robert Flynn Dickinson, who was killed in World War II while piloting a dive bomber combat mission against the Japanese on Hainan Island in the S. China Sea.

Art was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve and graduated as a Naval Aviator at the Naval Aviation Cadet Training Center in Corpus Christi in 1945. After completing his operational flight training to become a dive bomber pilot, he was discharged from military service and returned home to Denver in December 1946.

After his military service, he graduated from The Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Petroleum Geology. Art was employed with several major oil companies including Shell Oil, Monsanto, and Adams Resources. He later became a successful independent petroleum geologist.

While attending The Colorado School of Mines, he met his soon to be wife Marilyn Ruddy Dickinson on a blind date. On September 3, 1949, they were happily married in Webster Groves, MO.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marilyn Ruddy Dickinson; son Robert S. Dickinson, MD and wife Jacki of Houston; daughter Carol Lynn Dickinson of Houston; and Thomas A. Dickinson, Esq and wife Stephanie of Houston; son-in-law Don Forisha of San Antonio; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Art was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Reverend Martha Lee Dickinson Forisha, and his brother Robert (Bob) Dickinson.

The family would like to thank Houston Hospice, Dr. Nick Solomos, Dr. Jim Jackson and Reverend Bob Johnson for their love and support.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, Texas. The inurnment of ashes will take place at The Memorial Chapel and Columbarium at Chapelwood UMC at a later date. If desired, donations can be made in Art's memory to Chapelwood UMC Foundation or The Colorado School of Mines.