Richard B. Dicks, 86, Army vet, Lutheran Brotherhood representative, avid golfer

By on April 20, 2016

Richard B. Dicks, 86, of Lititz, formerly of Lancaster, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at his home.

Born in Mount Pleasant, he was the son of the late Joseph B. Dicks and Janet (McIndoe) Crow. He was married 58 years on Dec. 7 to Kay (Warfel) Dicks.

Richard served proudly in the U.S. Army in Alaska from 1946 to 1948. He was a representative for Lutheran Brotherhood for 35 years, now called Thrivent Financial. He retired in 1998 after serving his clients well. He received many honors for the work that he did including being a charter and life-long member of Top Club, the Lutheran Brotherhood Hall of Fame, and qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table every year in his business. He served his profession well by being president of both the Lancaster Association of Life Underwriters and Chartered Life Underwriters.

Richard also served his community as a board member and treasurer for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Lancaster YMCA Youth Committee. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Lititz, and was formerly a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church where he served on council, various committees and the Synodical Cabinet of the the Lutheran Church of America.

Richard was an avid golfer while he was working and after he retired. When he retired, he and Kay wintered in Fort Myers, Fla., where he enjoyed coordinating church services for Woodsmoke Camping Resort.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children: Russel W., married to Barbara (Brutlag) Dicks, of Lititz; Richard B. Jr., married to Patty (Blanchard), of Erie; and Sheryl, married to Ray Van Order, of Mount Joy; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two half-sisters: Carol Hamilton of State College, and Susan Whitehorst of Chelsea, Ala.

Services were held April 20 at Salem Lutheran Church, Lititz, with Pastor Alison S. Bowlan officiating. Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Columbia.

If desired, memorials may be sent to Salem Lutheran Church, 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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