PATTEN – Leo George Dickinson, 81, died Aug. 28, 2012. Leo was born April 27, 1931, in Island Falls, son of Frank and Nellie Dickinson.
Leo proudly served in the Navy aboard the USS Bannock, rescue tug and loved telling his military tales. Being a local barber for many years he made numerous friends, most of whom kept in touch though out his lifetime. Family was his main concern, which was always evident by his enthusiasm for the yearly family picnic and he was very proud of every family member. Leo had a knack for putting a smile on people’s faces with his quick humor, which helped to make friends easily. In his later years Leo developed a dear family at Meadowbrook Manor and they were a big part of his life. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed picking berries. He spent his last days at home with his loved ones caring for him, often talking about the day he would reunite with his loving wife of 50 years, Cecile.
He is survived by his children, Betty Willette and husband, Rodney, of Island Falls, and their children, Debbie and Chris Johnson, and their son, Brandon, Vicky Willette and Steve Rappepor, and Charles Willette and Tori Leach, and his daughters, Haily, Jacy and Lilly; Wanda Willett and husband, Wayne, of Patten, and their children, Eric and Christina Willett, and their children, Maxwell and Lucie, and Tony Willett and wife, Marsha, of Smyrna Mills, and their children, Mersia and Dragon; Sherry Smith of Largo, Fla., and her children, Jeffery Cheesman and his children, Spencer and Makayla, Melissa Cheesman and her children, Ana and Cecila, and Shawne and Elizabeth Cheesman and their daughter, Lily; Steve and Kathy Huckabey of Longwood, Fla., and their children, Rusty and Fran Huckabey, and their children, Nicholas, Justin and Laura, and Laura Beth Huckabey and children, Quinn, Paris and Kat; Dianthe Robinson and husband, Thomas Benedicta, and their children, Erica and Josh Staples, Ryan and Amanda and their children, Ryanne and Allie, Chris and Jessi Cox; Cindy Qualey and husband, Dan, of Benedicta, and their children, Dustin, Ethan and Jordan and Amanda Mitchell, and their children Aliva and Macie; and Mary Bates and husband, Carroll, of Patten, and their children, Carroll Jr. and Nicole, and their children, Ora and Carroll III, Ryan and his children, Bryce and Hayson. He is also survived by sister, Beverly and Wilson Long of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Ellen, Marie, Sally, Sue, Brenda, Nellie and Pat; brothers-in-law, Tom, Herman, David and Roy. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Cecile Dickinson; great-grandson Zachary; brothers, Harry, Frank, Robert, David and John; sisters, Mary, Ginny, Alma and Lela; and a special friend, Uncle Fred Howard. The family thanks Terry Lyons and Dianne Lane from hospice for all of their help.
Friends may call 10-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Bowers Funeral Home, Sherman Street, Island Falls, where memorial services will begin 11 a.m. with Pastor David Dryenforth and Deacon Al Burleigh officiating. Interment will be at Patten Cemetery. A luncheon will be immediately after at Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, Patten. For an online memory book and to leave condolences, please visit