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William L. Dicken, Jr.

April 14, 1949 — June 24, 2023

Arbor Vitae


William (Bill) Dicken Jr., age 74 of Arbor Vitae, WI passed away peacefully at home on June 24, 2023 from a brain tumor among other illnesses with his loving wife Mary by his side.


Bill served in Vietnam from 1967-1969 he was a combat special forces army veteran and earned a purple heart among other medals, he went on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington DC June 2022, he said it was an honor and a trip of a lifetime.  


He is preceded in death by his beloved Mother Ellen Dunn and Nephew Shay Dicken 


Bill is survived by his loving, caring wife Mary, 23 amazing memorable years of traveling, vacationing, concerts, “ATVing, fishing, golfing his passion, riding their Harleys to Sturgis, and so many other exciting adventures throughout his years in the Northwoods where he always he said he was meant to be and live his life out with his Wife Mary, they were inseparable and at the end Mary became his VA National Caregiver thru his Alzheimer’s and Brain Tumor diseases.


Also survived by his beloved son Pete Dicken who he loved and had that special bond, they hunted deer together every year and made cherished memories throughout his life. Also survived by grandson Austin great grandchildren Jax and Alivia, granddaughter Alyssa (Taylor) great grandson Winston, Granddaughter Alexis great grandson Liam and granddaughter Raelynn who he loved to tease and she would call him “cry baby grandpa”


Also survived by his daughter Megan (Joe) Lacher, whom he is so proud of for so many reasons  and granddaughter Penelope (Penny) who all made precious memories throughout his life, Bill taught Megan “army songs” not appropriate for grade school but you sang them away, to this day she remembers them, and Precious Penny loved Papa and even hand fed the deer with him and Joe was his thanksgiving hunting partner regardless of the snow or weather.


Also survived by his cherished Sister Barbara Grate and nephews Shawn and Schad of Madison, WI


Bill's life in the Northwoods was what he loved and because of family and friends his life was full and his heart was fuller he wanted to Thank the following special family members for being in his life,  Tom and Sue Beay, Pat and Mike Clark, Nancy Beay,  Linda and Jerry Peterson, Rich Beay , Sue and Steve Ferk and special Friends, Ron and Kris, Paul and Sara,  Jeff and Barb,  Mary and Mike, Linda Ward, Tim Klaver, Bonnie and Gup, Bob and Peg, and Bernie Brown and many more that blessed his life throughout. THANK YOU!


A special thank you to Compassus Hospice and his team but especially Stacy, his primary nurse.


Bill renewed his faith in God years ago at Trinity Lutheran Church in Minocqua with Pastor Stephen Luchterhand, Bill was at peace and accepting God's wishes for him at the end of his life. He was ready for his next journey in God’s hands, he talked and wished about his beloved Buster to meet him at the gate along with his Mom.


Bill will be cremated and a private spreading of his ashes will be at a later date.


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