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In Memory Of

Eileen Dicke
Eileen Dicke, 90, of Columbus, Nebraska (formerly of Creston, Nebraska) died Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Mory’s Haven in Columbus.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Leigh, with Rev. Dr. Marsha Jark-Swain officiating. Interment will be in the St. Paul’s Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the Gass Haney Funeral Home and on Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. at the church with a family prayer service at 10:15 A.M.

Eileen Ruth Dicke was born February 1, 1921, to Herman and Lucia (Michelsen) Hillen on the family farm near Leigh, Nebraska. She attended rural elementary school and graduated from Leigh School as valedictorian of her class. She worked at the ASC office in Columbus before being united in marriage on October 10, 1940, to John Dicke in Hooper, Nebraska. They farmed all their lives in the Creston area.

Eileen was a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and enjoyed the Luther League activities during her teen years. Her favorite activities included ice skating, dancing at Welch's Hall, especially to the "Blue Skirt Waltz", tending a large garden, canning, sewing for her family, quilt making for missions, raising chickens, baking bread and award winning pies using a wood-burning stove during her earlier years. She took great pride in her "spick & span" clean farmhouse and beautiful garden and was known for never having a hair out of place (with the help of egg whites during the depression years, and that is no yolk).

Eileen is survived by:
Son: Allen Dicke of Creston, NE
Daughter: Ruth (Robert) Brichacek of Columbus, NE
Son: Dale (Judy) Dicke of Creston, NE
Son: Paul (Diane) Dicke of Ewing, NE
Granddaughter: JoLynn (Jason) Ratzlaff of Clarkson, NE
Grandson: Matt Brichacek of Livermore, CO
Granddaughter-in-law: Kristy Brichacek of Columbus, NE
Grandson: Travis (fiancee Jennifer Machacek) Dicke of Creston, NE
Granddaughter: Keri Brichacek of Columbus, NE
Granddaughter: Tarryn (Michael) Hickman of Smithville, MO
Grandson: Waylan (Kayla) Dicke of Creston, NE
Granddaughter: Tricia (David) Kersting of Creston, NE
Granddaughter: Tambri (Clint) Paulsen of Atchinson, KS
Granddaughter: Karissa Dicke of Ewing, NE
Great Grandchildren: Jaedyn, Jordyn, & James Ratzlaff
Great Grandchildren: Katelyn & Joseph Brichacek
Great Grandchildren: Remi & Milo Brichacek
Great Grandson: Coen Hickman
Great Granddaughter: Kenna Dicke
Sister-in-law: Dorothy Hillen of Clarkson, NE
Sister-in-law: Nadine Hillen of Leigh, NE
Sister-in-law: Elva Dicke of Columbus, NE
Sister-in-law: Verna Dicke of Columbus, NE
Brother-in-law: Leonard (Katherine) Dicke of Columbus, NE

Eileen was preceded in death by:
Parents: Herman & Lucia Hillen
Husband: John Dicke
Son: Raymond Dicke
Grandson: Nathan Dicke
Brothers: Walter & Gordon Hillen

Service Folder Information
Cindy Settje – organist
“Amazing Grace”
“In The Garden”
“On Eagle’s Wings”

Casket Bearers
Travis Dicke Waylan Dicke
Dave Muhle Dennis Hillen
Dennis Durkop Jason Ratzlaff
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