RURAL LIBERAL-Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Barton City Cemetery in Liberal for Ronald Mac Dickens, 66, rural Liberal, who died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, following a long illness. Minister Dalton Windsor will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Konantz Warden Funeral Home, Lamar.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Dickens Agriculture Scholarship at Liberal R-II Schools.
The obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.konantzwarden.com.
Survivors include his wife, Denise Dickens; children, Marty and Teresa Dickens, Fair Grove, Terri and John Brown, Willard, April Edwards, Liberal, Jeff and Loa Bowne, Independence, and Dr. David Bowne, Phoenix, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; his mother, Jean Dickens, Springfield, and sisters, Pat Germany, Springfield and Kathy and Ron Wilken, Preston.
Mr. Dickens was born Aug. 18, 1947, in Springfield, to Bruce and Jean Dickens. He was reared in the Fair Grove area and was a 1965 graduate of Fair Grove High School. He graduated from SMSU with a degree in Agriculture in 1969 and later returned to complete teaching requirements for Agricultural Education, which he finished in 1987. Early in his life he helped his father Bruce run a dairy farm and later had his own dairy and also became a real estate broker. After moving his family to Liberal in 1987, he taught Vocational Agriculture at Liberal R-II Schools for 24 plus years.
He earned recognition as Teacher of the Year and many other honors as an agricultural educator, as well as moving through the ranks of VoAg Teachers in Missouri to finally become their state president. He was committed to his students and could be found most evenings and weekends working as the FFA advisor or working at school athletic programs.
Mr. Dickens was a successful junior high girls’ basketball coach, as well as a successful high school girls’ softball coach at Liberal Schools for over 20 years. He was also a baseball and softball umpire and basketball referee for 20 years. He was able to help some of his students travel to Europe, as well as his taking them on many leadership trips to Washington, D.C. and other places in the United States.
He was a member of the Fair Grove Baptist Church.