OBITUARY

Arthur "Buddy" Raymond Dickson

January 10, 1943March 17, 2020
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Arthur Raymond Dickson was born on January 10, 1943 in Saint Louis, Missouri to the late Joseph Raymond Dickson and the late Earline Bates. He was the third oldest of four children from this union, Josie Stephany (preceded in death), Dorothy Alexander, and Marshall Dickson Sr. Buddy, as his family called him, loved to go fishing, bike riding, and to the local corner store to buy candy as a child growing up in Frontenac, Missouri. Saturday nights he enjoyed going to the firehouse dances with his baby brother Marshall. He was raised as a true Baptist in a church his grandfather, Banjo Dickson, built in Saint Louis, Missouri.

At Ladue Horton Watkins High School, he was the state wrestling champion three consecutive years, ran cross country, played the tuba in the school band, and was on the junior varsity football team. Raymond also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and his red buggy, dragging his baby sisters Gladys and Margo along for a ride. He attended Los Angeles City College on a wrestling scholarship and completed his studies as an electrician. Raymond was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. He was very proud of his work, ending his career distinguished with several awards on the USS Constellation VS-64 as Master Chief. He was known for his courage, commitment, and bright sense of humor having had the privilege to travel all over the world. Throughout the years, Raymond made it a priority to spend time with his family and friends no matter the distance. After the death of his father, he made it a point to step in as the head of the family and care for his bonus-mother, Corrine Dickson, who he affectionately called “Mom” as well as his younger sisters Paulette, Gladys and Margo. He always attended and never missed holidays, graduations, weddings, birthdays and family reunions. Raymond had one son with Patricia Williams (preceded in death), Anthony Raymond Dickson whom he loved dearly as well as his two grandchildren Anthony Dominique Dickson and Paris Nicole Dickson. He never missed a moment with them nor his great grandchildren nieces and nephews all of whom he took the time to sow words of wisdom, kindness, and love.

San Diego was known to be his sanctuary and home. Raymond lived a peaceful and quiet life, taking in the beautiful scenic views and sunsets while spending time at La Jolla Cove. Raymond made friends everywhere he went. He was the life of the party, smooth with the ladies, and truly a great friend. His laugh was contagious, and his smile was warm. You could always count on him to have your back. He will forever live on as our Buddy, Red, Reno, Ray, Raymond, Granddad, son, uncle, brother and friend. Whatever you affectionately called him;however you knew him, whatever amount of time you spent with him, let it all be peace in your soul that we will meet again someday.

Our dearest Buddy, rest well.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Timothy Dickson
  • Marshall Dickson Jr.
  • Christian Cooley
  • Bryant Dickson
  • Anthony Dominique Dickson
  • Anthony Raymond Dickson

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Barbara Lockett

April 2, 2020

Ray,

I kept looking at my phone today waiting for your reply. After hours of not hearing from you, there was this tug at my gut, within seconds my heart dropped. My condolences go out to your family.

Seeing your smile on this website brought back such a warm reminder of the most patient and caring soul you had. Although, I didn't get to say good bye in person, over the phone or even a text, I know in my heart it's not good bye... but until next time.

I cannot thank you enough for the true pillar you were to me as a friend. Your famous cinnamon french toast order with scrambled eggs and a turkey sausage, oh and your coffee with flavored creamer. Mannnnn I use to sigh with relief when I saw you walk in to the restaurant. Because I knew no matter what was happening, you would bring a sense of smoooooth peace!

Thank you for being there for LJ, encouraging me to continue my education, cheering for me when I started dating again and being in my corner when I got married. You always found a way to reach out and bring joy to our life.

Times are unreal right now but know your memory will live on. You are definitely one of kind.

I love you my friend. Rest in Paradise ❤️
Barbara

Tania Arzate

March 31, 2020

The first time I met Ray was for my grandfather's funeral services. Such a beautiful soul. He was always the life of any get together. He will be missed. May he rest in paradise.

Joanna Dickson

March 30, 2020

Nancy Nance

March 29, 2020

Rest in peace Red, my Kauai love. Always, your Magic Red.

Ambrosia Cooley

March 26, 2020

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Margo Dickson

March 26, 2020


A Letter to My Brother…
Margo L. Hutchison Dickson

My brother Raymond Dickson, whom I have known my entire life and called you Buddy. A brother that was a stable force, and loving soul. We grew closer as time marched on. I have fond memories as a teen riding on the back of your motorcycle. I loved the countless weekends we visited mom and all the meals we shared. When I fell ill, you visited many times and shared his love and laughter with me. On my birthday he was there with a smile, and laugh. Even though there was a gap in our ages he was easy to talk to. He was there when I had my children and he was there for them. I am grateful for the time God allowed my brother to be in my life. I will miss him dearly and carry him in my heart always. I love you Buddy. Rest in peace.

Joanna Dickson

March 26, 2020

June 1999 Master Chief Dickson reported aboard USS Constellation CV 64. Served as Weapons Department leading Chief Petty Officer , under his leadership, Weapons Department received 7 consecutive Battle Efficiency Black Win Awards.

Joanna Dickson

March 26, 2020

Mr Suave himself, it’s easy being cool 😎

Joanna Dickson

March 26, 2020

My sisters, Josie (Oldest preceded in death) and 2nd born Dorthy.

Joanna Dickson

March 26, 2020

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