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James F. Dicke, Sr.
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  • New Bremen Foundation
    P.O. Box 97
    New Bremen, OH 45869

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1 of 62 | Posted by: Anjeli Modesto Bao Anjeli

“Ikut berduka cita , semoga Tuhan memberikan tempat yang terbaik . ”
2 of 62 | Posted by: Anjeli Modesto Bao Anjeli

“Please accept our sincerest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 62 | Posted by: Olga and Vadim Fuchs - Auckland

“We are so sorry to have had to missed Jim and Eileen's celebration of life. We are honored to have met them both during Jeff's tenure as Bremenfest...Read More »
4 of 62 | Posted by: Jeff and Holly Bertke - OH

“To the Family We share your sorrow Walt & Ermie Schmitmeyer ”
5 of 62 | Posted by: walt schmitmeyer - OH

“Thank you Jim and Eileen for being great friends for many years. We were grateful to be part of your lives. We had a lot of fond memories. We will...Read More »
6 of 62 | Posted by: Sharon and Mick Acheson - OH

“Please accept my mother and I's condolences for the loss of a wonderful, thoughtful man. There are 2 memories I wish to share with you. First is one...Read More »
7 of 62 | Posted by: Christine Dicke - New bremen, OH

“We wish to express our condolences on the loss of a great man and pillar of our community. Jim and Eileen contributed much to the community to make...Read More »
8 of 62 | Posted by: Bill Young - New Bremen, OH

“R.I.P. Dear Uncle Jim, how lucky to have you in our lives. You always seemed bigger than life & what a wonderful life you had! You were loved &...Read More »
9 of 62 | Posted by: cindy Swafford - Kettering, OH

“I remember meeting Mr. Dicke years ago in New Bremen during a business trip. He was so interested in where I was from and how I was doing. From that...Read More »
10 of 62 | Posted by: Brenda Gray - Oakland, NJ

“Thoughts and prayers with this family and friends. ”
11 of 62 | Posted by: William Engel - Alexandria, VA

“Thoughts and prayers for all family and friends. My deepest condolences. ”
12 of 62 | Posted by: William Engel - Alexandria, VA

“Deepest sympathies to the family. I met Jim in the 80s while bringing customers to the factory in New Breman. A very fine gentleman. ”
13 of 62 | Posted by: Larry Farquhar - Saint John, NB

“Sincere condolences to Jim II, my Culver classmate, and the entire Dicke family on their loss. Mr. Dicke has done so much good for so many people and...Read More »
14 of 62 | Posted by: Shaun Donnelly - Washington, DC

“I never Jim, but have worked for "his" company for 27 years. I have only heard good things about him. Condolences to his family and friends. ”
15 of 62 | Posted by: Tony Hopman Auckland, New Zealand

“Our condolences to the Dicke family. A great man, founder of the company that we all work as business associates with great pleasure. ”
16 of 62 | Posted by: Roberto Arce - San Jose - Friend

“Our sincere condolences we offer to the Dicke Family and the Crown extended Family, at this time. Mr. Dicke leaves a wonderful legacy. Well done...Read More »
17 of 62 | Posted by: Crown Southern New England - MA

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Dicke family. I had the privilege of working at Crown in New Bremen while Jim, Sr. was at the helm. It was an...Read More »
18 of 62 | Posted by: Keith Allmandinger - Crystal Lake, IL

“My deepest sympathy for the Dicke family. I will always be grateful to such a wonderful man who gave so much to others. May God be with the family ...Read More »
19 of 62 | Posted by: Rose Mary Jones - Snow Hill, NC

“To the Dicke Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians...Read More »
20 of 62 | Posted by: A friend

“On behalf of myself and the entire Jack Eiting Family, we are deeply saddened by Jim's passing and wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the...Read More »
21 of 62 | Posted by: Liz Eiting - Bend, OR

“I was fortunate to have joined Crown when Jim Sr. was president and enjoyed working many years under his leadership. To all the family, my wife,...Read More »
22 of 62 | Posted by: William Dustman - St Marys, OH

“I was fortunate to have joined Crown when Jim Sr. was president and enjoyed working many years under his leadership. To all the family, my wife, Ruth...Read More »
23 of 62 | Posted by: William Dustman - St Marys, OH

“With most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jim Sr. ”
24 of 62 | Posted by: Tim Wright - St Marys, OH

“I am sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. May the "Father of tender mercies" be with the family and friends, during and after these...Read More »
25 of 62 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences to the Dicke family. I worked for Jim and Eileen at their house in New Bremen doing gardening and lawn care work several...Read More »
26 of 62 | Posted by: Rex Fledderjohn - Cincinnati, OH

“Mrs Mary Reed and family : We are sorry for the lost of your love one. We send up prayers for your entire family. Love from Hattie's daughters,(...Read More »
27 of 62 | Posted by: Carol Moore - Lima, OH

“We here at Crown Spain were truly sorry to hear of the loss of Jim Sr. Please allow me, on behalf of all of us at here, to extend my deepest...Read More »
28 of 62 | Posted by: Alfonso Valderrama Madrid, Spain

“My sincere condolences. May the light of God shine for him. A man of great works who gave hope, who illuminated a lot of people and who deserves a...Read More »
29 of 62 | Posted by: Humberto Vidales

“My deepest condolences. Mr. Dicke gave my family a wonderful life with a Crown dealership in Miami, Florida for many years. God bless his family and...Read More »
30 of 62 | Posted by: April Walton - Newnan, GA

“My sincere sympathy to the entire Dicke Family. I will always treasured the time I spent with Jim and Eileen. Their personalities were different but...Read More »
31 of 62 | Posted by: Jane Krites - Lima, OH

“Sending Sympathy, Thoughts and Prayers to the Dicke Family. ”
32 of 62 | Posted by: Rick Rammel

“My sincere condolences to the Dickie family and the Crown family. I have always taken his words and wisdom to heart being employed by crown for two...Read More »
33 of 62 | Posted by: Robert Kretschman - Mahopac, NY

“After a busy day of work I was sitting with Jim and Eilleen, we were drinking a nice champagne. This was during the boom time on Wall St. several...Read More »
34 of 62 | Posted by: john maxa - Troy, OH - Coworker

“We are keeping the Dicke Family in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of a great man. Crown...Read More »
35 of 62 | Posted by: Mary Fox - Plymouth, MI

“I first met Jim fifty-six years ago when he hosted a memorable welcome visit of the sales and marketing department of Channel Master Corp. Crown...Read More »
36 of 62 | Posted by: Mack Parkhill - Dublin, OH

“God Bless you Jim. You created an amazing company which employs many fortunate people including myself. Your strength and strong willed personality...Read More »
37 of 62 | Posted by: Rene Kleinhenz - St Henry, OH

“R.I.P.My condolences to the family of Jim. ”
38 of 62 | Posted by: Jan Schilperoot - Defiance, OH

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. & Mrs. Dickie at the Crown Miami branch several years ago. They were both very down to earth people and very humble...Read More »
39 of 62 | Posted by: Darlene Garcia - Pompano Beach, FL

“A truly great and honorable man. A grand patriarch for many people, a life well lived ”
40 of 62 | Posted by: Tom Hoying - Troy, OH

“My brother had worked at Crown in the late 60's early 70's when Jim Sr was in charge. Jim Sr was such a wonderful person and didn't know a stranger...Read More »
41 of 62 | Posted by: Jean Stachler - Chickasaw, OH

“So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God's promise found at John 6:40 ”
42 of 62 | Posted by: A friend

“we are so sorry for your GREAT loss ”
43 of 62 | Posted by: Richard Voisard - Versailles, OH

“I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I only met him once in La Piazza, but I will always remember those 15 minutes spent with him discussing the...Read More »
44 of 62 | Posted by: Ralph Sanders - Kinston, NC

“Thoughts & Prayers to the Dicke Family during this sad time. May God Bless and keep you at peace. Crown Toledo ”
45 of 62 | Posted by: Debbi Everhardt - Toledo, OH

“Retired from Crown and had some great conversations with Jim in the early years that I will remember...so easy to talk to and friendly...he will be...Read More »
46 of 62 | Posted by: Trudy Moeller - Maria stein, OH

“RIP ”
47 of 62 | Posted by: Silke W.

“My deepest condolences to the Dicke family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
48 of 62 | Posted by: Grant Lentz - Carpentersville, IL

“It was a privilege and an honor to have known Jim, Sr. I'm grateful to live in New Bremen, a community that owes so much to the Dicke family. May...Read More »
49 of 62 | Posted by: Kathy Topp - New Bremen, OH

“My deepest sympathy to the Dicke family. May the peace of God sorround you during this time of sorrow. God Bless you! ”
50 of 62 | Posted by: Lulu Lujano - Crown Mexico

“Jim was an honorable man of great integrity. His demeanor always gave me confidence that he appreciated and cared about each of his employees. I...Read More »
51 of 62 | Posted by: David Letchworth - La Grange, NC

“Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your father. He was an extraordinary man, always full of life and love for family & community. He...Read More »
52 of 62 | Posted by: Carolyn Shinn - Celina, OH

“My deepest condolences to the Dicke family. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless your family in this difficult time and keep you strong. ”
53 of 62 | Posted by: Robin Castro - Humble, TX

“As a long time employee of Crown, I could have marked myself as a coworker, but honestly, anyone who ever met Mr. Dicke would come away feeling like...Read More »
54 of 62 | Posted by: Teresa Goodwin - New Bremen, OH

“To the Dicke family,This afternoon we heard about the passing away of jim dicke sr. From us here in belgium, our thoughts are with jim ll and janet....Read More »
55 of 62 | Posted by: Anthony Vanderstraaten

“I have always held a special place in my heart for what was probably a life saving effort Mr. Dicke made for me when I was only 18 years old. I've...Read More »
56 of 62 | Posted by: Don Michael Ellenwood - SARASOTA, FL

“So sorry for your loss. Was a great man to work for ”
57 of 62 | Posted by: Jerry and Sandy Bruns - Minster, OH

“God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU for your service in WWII, serving in The Army Air Corps, Lt. Dicke The USA would NOT be as it is today. I...Read More »
58 of 62 | Posted by: Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC - OH

“Jim. Will always be in our. Hearts I meet him threw our. Elks. Lodge at. Indian Lake. Ohio. What ever the lodge was doing. Jim was ready to donate...Read More »
59 of 62 | Posted by: William. (Bill) Coyer - OH

“Jim was most certainly one of a kind! He was one of the most generous and thoughtful men I, that I have had the pleasure of knowing. A true friend to...Read More »
60 of 62 | Posted by: Stacey Alexander - Huntsville, OH

“so so sorry to hear of your loss i will keep you and family in prayers ”
61 of 62 | Posted by: denise joyce - sidney, OH

“Jim was on of the greatest men I have had the pleasure of knowing. He had a heart of gold and a smile that warmed your soul. He will be greatly...Read More »
62 of 62 | Posted by: Kevin Schumacher - Columbus Grove, OH


James Frederick Dicke (Jim), age 94, died at home November 11, 2016 following a struggle with cardiac issues.

A longtime New Bremen, Ohio resident, he was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ. On January 14, 2015, Jim lost his wife, Eilleen, to her long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. During almost 73 years of marriage, theirs was a story of love and partnership.

Jim was born January 30, 1922 in Ilion, New York to Carl Henry Dicke and Irene Kamman Dicke. He was raised in Dayton, Ohio, graduating from Stivers High School in 1939. Jim was the oldest of three children, and is survived in his family of origin by his sister Mary Dicke Reed, and Mary's son and daughter. His sister Edna Dicke Vick preceeded him in death, as did Edna's husband, son and daughter.

Jim Dicke and Eilleen Webster Dicke married February 14, 1942. He was proud of his service during WWII as a Lieutenant Instructor in the Army Air Corps. The family was never far from their New Bremen, Ohio family roots; and, after his discharge from service in 1945, Jim and Eilleen moved to New Bremen with their infant son, Jim II. A son, Dane, would complete the family. Jim was an honorary graduate of Culver Military Academy, and was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in Engineering by Ohio Northern University. He considered them both his schools.

In New Bremen, Jim worked with his father Carl, and other family members to found Crown Controls Company, which was initially a sales distributorship for home coal furnace controls. Today, the company has become Crown Equipment Corporation, a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment, currently in its fourth generation of leadership under his grandson, Jim Dicke III. At the time of his death, Jim was still serving as Crown's Chairman Emeritus. Jim was grateful for and humble about a number of honors and opportunities for service he experienced during his long life. He and Eilleen were generous people.

Jim is survived by his sons Jim II (Janet) and Dane (Cindy). Jim II and Janet have a son Jim III (Katy) and a daughter Jennifer (Andrew Prewitt). Great grandchildren through Jim II are Alexander Dicke, Charles Dicke, Connor Prewitt, Owen Prewitt and Kyle Prewitt. Dane and his former wife Kerry have three daughters and a son, Anastasia (Jay Huelsman), Robin, Ashton, and Christopher. Great grandchildren through Dane are Allegra Huelsman and Liam Huelsman. Only Kerry preceeded Jim and Eilleen in death.

It should be stressed that Jim is also survived by a number of loving caregivers and friends who day after day, and year after year have been instrumental in providing Jim and his dear late Eilleen the caring support which was so important for all their good days. The family is overwhelmed with gratitude.

A celebration of life honoring both Jim and Eilleen's lives will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul United Church of Christ Church in New Bremen, Ohio, with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery (For All Faiths) of New Bremen. The family will be receiving people wishing to pay their respects from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at the church.

A memorial fund has been established at the New Bremen Foundation, P.O. Box 97, New Bremen, OH, 45869. Donations may also be made to the charity of the donor's choice.