It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Ray Dickey as the result of complications from an unexpected surgery on the morning of September 18, 2020. His wife and daughter were present when he passed.
Born in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on May 9, 1939 to Opie and Velma Dickey, Kenneth lived most his life in the community of Excelsior Springs. Upon graduating from Excelsior Springs High School, Kenneth attended Northwest Missouri State, after which he served two tours in Germany in the United States Army.
Upon his return to the U.S., Kenneth was employed at the Clay County Sheriff’s Department as well as various local plastics plants until his first retirement in 1994. Kenneth became the co-owner and operator of the Dari B Car Wash until his second retirement in 2004. After this, Kenneth spent most of his time volunteering for local organizations, serving at local churches, and serving on various city boards. He was also known to create parks where previously there were none. All of this was accomplished with his wife, Donna Marie Dickey, at his side.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, H.A. and Don Dickey.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Donna; his son, Kim T and wife, Chyri Dickey; daughter, Jinx and husband, Berkeley Hall; three grandchildren, Josh, Ash-Leigh, and Caleb (Laura Williams) Hall; and two great-grandchildren, Leila and Paul Carrell; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Excelsior Springs United Methodist Church in Kenneth’s honor.
Visitation hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Bross and Spidle Funeral Home, 217 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, Mo. The family will not be present during viewing hours. Graveside service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Masonic Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, with full military honors.
Our Sincere Condolences
Our deepest condolences. Our prayer are with you and your family. Ken was always busy improving the neighborhood and community. I can’t remember how many times I would drive by and see him and Donna picking up trash from the side of the road. My biggest surprise is the park he started, it was just a over grown field and they made it into a beautiful walking trail. Ken will be sadly missed.
Our deepest condolences
Mike & Janet
My prayers for God’s comfort and peace for your family. Ken was so involved in our Church and was always a bright light! I’m glad to have known him.
God has gained a great human being. He will be missed in many ways. Prayers to Donna and his family. Love you.
Linda J Mcaninch
I will truly miss seeing Mr. Dickey down at the yard waste site. He and his beautiful wife were there almost every weekend dropping off what they had cleaned up from some place other than their own. They did a lot for this community and never sought recognition. God has called home a true servant and if he has anyplace in heaven that needs sprucing up he now has the right man for the job.
Mike & Barbara Britt
Our hearts and prayers are with you.
I haven’t known Mr. Dickey for too long, but I have had the privilege to get to talk to him numerous times while he was hard at work doing whatever he could to keep Meet the Need trimmed, painted and looking nice!
I am so saddened by this news! Talking to him and Donna was always a highlight of my day. Thankful God crossed our paths over the last 3 years. Keeping you in our prayers Donna, family and so many others who were blessed to have Mr Dickey in their life!
Andy and Valerie Hoffecker
Kenneth was such a good man and always there to help out. He will be missed by so many. Prayers and hugs to the family.
Sincerely, Rick and Laura Bigler
I’m so sorry! I just heard the news about Ken.
Pam and I will be praying for you and the family during this difficult time. I was so very fond of Ken and very appreciative of his hard work volunteering around the community. He was always so kind to me and my family. He was surely a treasure to those who knew him.
Joe & Pam Arnold
We are so sorry for your loss. As others have shared our community has lost a dedicated servant and us a friend. Ken will certainly be missed by many.
Mary and Al Miller
We attended church with Ken and Donna. Ken was always helping out and volunteering for various projects. He was truly a good and giving person. We will miss him. May God bless Donna and his family and give them peace.
Steve and Carolyn Rice
So sorry for your loss. Kenneth was a good man and will be sadly missed.
Donnie & Kathie Duncan
Donna and family we are so sorry for your loss. We are your neighbors at the other end of the street. Ken was a great guy and will be greatly missed. Prayers for your entire family during this time of grief.
Bill and Cindy Wright
Kenneth lived for great stewardship for others in this community. I have seen him in so many neglected areas of the town, where he would serve others by doing what he loved and did an amazing Job at it. Clearing brush and cleaning up areas and never looked for recognition. Such an amazing person!! So sorry for your loss.
We offer our sincere sympathies and condolences to Ken’s family, he will certainly be missed by many and in many ways. I worked with Ken early in my career at the plant and he was a great influence on my life. His attention to detail and the way he went about doing business …and his sense of humor… were amazing. I still think of him often as I go about my business today and consider his guidance early in my career as one of the key factors that led to my success over these many years. Again our condolences, we will miss him, too.
Ben and Laurie Holder
Donna and immediate family we are truly sorry for your loss. I remember how good Kenneth was to Aunt Velma with his visits. His warmth and friendliness along with his community service will certainly be missed. He is at home with the Lord.
Marsha and Roger Pennington