Lyle Dickey, 73, of Oskaloosa died Monday, August 21, 2023, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. He was born January 6, 1950, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Warren and Lois Newell Dickey. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1969, and furthered his education at William Penn. On April 24, 1971, he was united in marriage to Jenny Benedict at the Grace Lutheran Church in Oskaloosa. Early on Lyle worked at Clow Valve in Oskaloosa. When Clow went on strike he took a job with a bridge building crew in the state of Iowa. He later worked for a brickyard in Ottumwa. In 1988, he took a job as a Jailer with the Mahaska County Sherriff’s Office. After two years as a Jailer, Lyle became a Sherriff Deputy in Mahaska County. He served as a Mahaska County Sheriff Deputy until his retirement in 2014. In retirement, Lyle was able to dedicate more time to his immaculate yard and riding his motorcycle. He made it a point to make it to as many of his granddaughter Jaiden’s activities as possible. When his wife Jenny became ill, he was a devoted caregiver to her until her passing in 2021.
His family includes his son and his wife, Travis and Bobbii Dickey of New Sharon; a granddaughter, Jaiden Dickey; a half-brother, Scott (Emily) Miller of Oskaloosa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jenny Dickey on September 26, 2021; his parents; and a brother Craig Dickey.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 25, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel with Reverend Roger Neumann officiating. As was Lyle’s wish his body has been cremated. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Friday after 11:00 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5 p.m. until service time at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or MHP Hospice Serenity House.