James “Jim” Dickson, 71, of Litchfield, died on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, at 9:39 p.m. at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield, beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A celebration of his life will follow at the church, beginning at noon, with the Rev. Dennis Hill officiating. The family requests those attending to wear favorite sports team attire, in memory of Mr. Dickson. Plummer Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dickson was born July 6, 1952, in Georgetown, the son of James Estell Dickson and Sarah Lorraine (Lawlyes) Dickson.
After completing grade and high school in Georgetown, Mr. Dickson enrolled at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston to attend school where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Spanish. After graduation in 1974, he moved to Litchfield to become a teacher in the Litchfield School District, where he taught for 32 years. During his time at LHS, he coached junior high basketball and freshman football. He is most known for being ‘señor,’ as the high school Spanish teacher.
Mr. Dickson had many loves, including his F-150 truck, and his 650 Bergman scooter. He was a published author and loved photography, music (REO Speedwagon), bird watching and grilling. His love for dogs was shown through his fur babies, Chichi, Checkers and Arie. None of these will ever be surpassed by the love and passion he had for teaching, his students and most of all, his family.
Mr. Dickson married Linda (Fizzell) Dickson on Dec. 27, 1981, in Litchfield. They were married for 35 years, and she preceded in death on Jan. 27, 2017. He was then fortunate to find Robyn (Bouillion) Dickson, who he shared his life with. They were married Oct. 16, 2021, and she survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Sarah Dickson of Cincinnati, OH; brother, Steve Dickson of Oxford, MA; sisters-in-law Nancy (Dan) Pugh of Champaign and Gwen (Daniel) Flinn of Englewood, FL; stepchildren Jamie (Kimberly) Wing and Tamara Wing-Chapman, both of Carlinville; four stepgrandchildren Andrew Hawk, Mackenzie David and Shelbie Parnell, all of Carlinville and Clayton David of Bunker Hill; nieces Tawna (Ed) Dickson Couto Dattelo of West Port, MA, Jennifer Dickson-Solomito of Tiverton, RI, and Brandi Dickson of Ware, MA; two nephews, Brendan Gamble and Oscar (Tiffany) Gamble, both of Champaign and nieces and nephews Oliver and Madison Gamble of Champaign, Vanessa Cuto of West Port, MA and Owen Solomito of Tiverton, RI.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be made to Adopt-A-Pet animal shelter in Benld. Condolences may be left online at www.plummerfuneralservices.com