|Dr. Scott Dickinson, age 83, died peacefully on January 5, 2013 at the Knox County Nursing Home.
Visitation will be 3:30-6:30 PM on Friday, January 11 at the Rux Funeral Home, 313 Market Street, Galva Illinois. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Galva Arts Council, PO Box 29, Galva, Illinois 61434.
Dr. Dickinson was born on June 26, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Phil S. and Ruth (Allen) Dickinson. He spent his childhood in Hinsdale, Illinois, attended the elementary schools, and graduated from high school at Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine School in 1954 and started his veterinary practice with Dr. William Hall in Elburn, Illinois in 1954. He also practiced with Dr. Hobie Larson in Shabbona, Illinois for a brief time before starting his own practice in Galva, Illinois in 1958. Over time, he added practices that he purchased from Dr. Art Gathmann, Dr. Peter Meerdink, Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Patterson. When the Galva practice was sold in 1998, he took his expertise to Elmwood Illinois, a practice he already owned. He treated a variety of small animals until 2010 when he retired and closed County Line Veterinary Service.
He was a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association. He also served as city veterinarian for the city of Galva, maintaining a system for handling stray and abandoned animals for over 40 years. He was recognized as an honored volunteer by the city in 1998. He worked with the Galva Puppy Fund to place homeless animals and was able to place over 150 pets with owners in the area over the years.
During the time when his son was young, Scott coached Little League Teams, including the traveling team. He enjoyed yearly trips with family to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and spending summers sailing and house boating on the Mississippi River on "The Sand Dollar."
He is survived by his wife, Margery (Oles) whom he married on March 20, 1954; a daughter, Susan, of Galesburg, Illinois; a son, Phil (Maureen), of Oneida, Illinois; one granddaughter, Maggie; a sister, Ellen McTammany of Hingham, Massachusetts; a sister-in-law Ruth Weber Dickinson of San Diego, California; a brother-in-law, Knute Knudson, of Beaufort, South Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dr. Hugh Dickinson; and a sister, Dr. Ann Dickinson Knudson.