Roger L. Dickinson, age 82 of Monticello, formerly of Brooklyn Park, passed away on Nov 17, 2013. Visitation will be Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello. Masonic Memorial Service will be Thursday at 7:30 pm. A Celebration of Roger's life will be on Friday, November 22, 2:30 pm, at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel with one hour of further visitation prior.
Born in Grey Eagle, MN, Roger graduated from Grey Eagle HS. After serving in the US Navy, he raised his first family (Gary, Steve, John) in Pacifica, CA. He worked as a United Airline mechanic, a real estate agent/broker and a mortgage loan officer. He returned to Minnesota in 1971 and was employed in mortgage banking for the next 20 years. He raised his second family (Sara and Laura) in Brooklyn Park, MN. Roger was a member of Compass Lodge 265, Robbinsdale Chapter 238 O.E.S., American Legion Post 0260, VFW Post 8731. He was a Korean War Navy Veteran and former vice president in the Twin Cities’ mortgage industry. At retirement, he and wife Pat created a set of uniquely designed rules and regulations manuals to facilitate the processing and underwriting of mortgage loans. Twenty four years after they were created, lenders across the nation continue to benefit from these publications. Roger loved his family, his Cessna 150 and his delta wing ultralight. He enjoyed making new friends in Monticello, where he lived the last 21 years of his life.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and son Roger Gary Dickinson. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patricia Kielmeyer; sons Steve Dickinson of Williston, ND, and John (Cindy) Dickinson of Boise, ID; daughters Sara (Kevin) Broman of St Michael, and Laura (Joe) Zelenak of Corcoran; brother James (LaVonne) Dickinson of Starbuck, MN; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and aunt (second mother) Addie Young of Grey Eagle. Memorials are preferred to woundedwarriorproject.org.