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Saumen Kent Dickinson Jr.


Samuel Kent Dickinson Jr. of Grand Rapids passed into his new life journey to be united with his much loved wife, Mavone, on March 26, 2014.

Sam was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Sparta, Wis., to SK Dickinson Sr. and Helen Lenhart. He attended Sparta public schools and Lutsen (Minn.) public schools as the family lived in Sparta and also at their family cabin on Caribou Lake.

The U.S. Navy commissioned him as a Lieutenant J.G. He was stationed in the South Pacific arena on the LSM 464 and several tours in Japan. He attended the University of Minnesota Forestry School and then Syracuse where he was awarded a master's degree in forestry. He married Mavone Nelson Aug. 26, 1949, and raised three children in Aurora.

Sam was a pioneer of Mine Land Reclamation since 1954 when Pickands Mather hired him as a Forester for Erie Mining Co. in Hoyt Lakes. Immediately, he suggested to Clyde Keith that they experiment with stabilizing the tailings pond, and until his death, he was still consulting for various companies that needed reclamation. The IRRRB, Barr Engineering, U.S. Steel and many other companies utilized his vast knowledge of forestry and land and remedial work on overburden and tailings.

With Don Lealos and other community leaders, he helped organize Aurora Youth Hockey and coached the Ice Mice teams for many years. His community involvement was extensive. His involvement in Blue Lodge Masonry extended many years, and in 1980 he was installed as Grand Master for the State of Minnesota. He was active in Habitat for Humanity, Grand Rapids Hospice, and Christ Church Episcopal in the Pastoral Care Ministry.

His children, Cynthia, Laura (Jerry Kennely) and Kent/Huffer (Jill Kulaszewicz ) Dickinson; grandchildren Kris (Stefanie Claivas) and Ben and Jenna Dickinson; and great-grandson Jagger Samuel invite you to celebrate his life at 1 p.m. April 26 in St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

In the Spirit of our Dad, we ask memorials in his name, Sam Dickinson, to be sent to Doctors without Borders or Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine.

Arrangements are with the Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory of Grand Rapids.

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