After many years of enduring the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, Everett Philip Dickey passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2013. Phil was 86.
He was born in Eugene to Harvey Howard and Edna Eleanor Dickey on July 4, 1927. Phil grew up in Eugene and graduated from Eugene High School and Eugene Bible College. Phil married Emmalene JoAnn Bair in 1952. They were married for 60 years.
After Phil and JoAnn married they lived for a short time in Eugene where he worked making irrigation pipe. Early in their marriage they moved to Canby where he worked for Needy Brick and Tile Company. In 1955 they moved to Salem and then later Keizer. Phil then settled into working for Westab (later Mead Paper Company) for nearly 40 years. While Phil was working for Mead he also completed courses in electronics with DeVry Institute of Technology. Phil retired after his career with Mead. Gardening and spending time with family is what occupied most of his retirement years.
Phil was a committed Christian with strong convictions that he lived out in his life. He was a devoted husband and father. After he and JoAnn moved to Salem they became longtime members of the Salem Foursquare Church on Broadway. He was a regular member of the choir, played his violin, taught Sunday school, and lead Bible studies.
Many of the comments received after the news of his passing recalled the times when he would sing or play the violin in church. His faith carried through both the good and bad times of life. Even as Alzheimer’s had severely impacted his ability to remember or have a conversation, he would call on Jesus for strength and comfort. It was this faith that carried him in a peaceful transition from this life to eternal life with his Lord and Savior.
Phil is survived by his wife JoAnn of 60 years, daughter Debbie Fischer, sons Stephen (Diana) and Chris (Mary), five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Internment was at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.