Richard Duane Dixon, 69, of Hershey, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020, at his home with his loving wife Maryanne, his stepson Patrick Horan and two dogs by his side.
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Born in Dearborn, Michigan on July 16, 1951, he was the son of the late Addison Wayne and Kathryn King Dixon.
Richard graduated from Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn Michigan in June 1969. After graduating high school, Richard continued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance, majoring in French Horn. Richard then went on to obtain his Masters in Business Administration from Temple University during the 1970s.
Richard worked at a variety of different places throughout his career in Accounting, Auditing, Information Technology, and Education. He worked for Sperry New Holland and Burroughs Corporation, the former Unisys Technology, and was a Tech Ed teacher at Berks County Vocational Tech Education.
Music was a large part of Richard’s life. He performed with the 1969 Michigan Youth Chorale in the summer concert tour in Mexico. He was also a member of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra from 1968 to 1969.
Richard was also affiliated with several churches throughout his life. He was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Dearborn, Michigan where he sang in their church choirs from 4th to 12th grade. He attended West Lawn United Methodist Church in Reading. Richard was a member of the Fishburn United Methodist Church in Hershey where he sang in their adult choir.
Richard always stayed active. He was an avid runner, and enjoyed swimming and long-distance bicycling with his wife; with some of his fondest memories being long distance bike rides they took while touring France, Italy and Ireland. He enjoyed volunteering with the Cub Scouts of America as a Pack Leader. Richard also coached his son's recreational soccer team in Reading, PA.
He was a devoted son, husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Nothing was too much for the loves of his life. Guided by a deep Christian faith, he emulated unconditional love, forgiveness, trust, and loyalty. He led his children and stepchildren by example, never faltering. Richard always focused on what was good in life, frequently saying “it’s a wonderful life”, and “life is good”. He greeted everyone with a smile, and was always there to help navigate his loved ones through dark and harrowing times. Richard’s joyous sense of humor was a pillar of his personality, and remained consistent until the very end. He knew when to be a father to his children and stepchildren, but also the importance of being a confidant when they needed someone to confide in. When talking to Richard, you felt comfort knowing he would not judge you, and only had love for you in his heart.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 14 years, Maryanne Pattison Horan Dixon, whom he married on July 29, 2006; three children, Aaron Richard Dixon, husband of Erin, Daniel John Dixon, husband of Pamela, and Jessica Wendy Sarros; three step-sons, Andrew Michael Horan, husband of Michelle, Timothy Peter Horan, husband of Margaret, and Patrick Daniel Horan; 12 grandchildren, Annabelle Johann Dixon, Claira June Dixon, Owen Avery Dixon, Ian Elliot Dixon, Clayton Daniel Dixon, Rosemary Lynn Altman, Peter Joshua Horan, Finnegan John Horan, Gabriel Thomas Horan, Emma Rose Nieves, Brody Nicholas Horan, and Jameson Daniel Horan; one sister, Marilyn Kay Dixon Totten, wife of James; his nephew Stephen Michael Totten, and two beloved dogs, Sonic and Sadie.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hillborn Newell Dixon and Cornie Elizabeth McWilliams, Heyward Granville King and Erma Lewis, and his brother Roger Wayne Dixon.
Friends and relatives are invited to a viewing Friday, October 16, 2020, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown. Private services will be held.
Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice For All Seasons, 280 South Hill Drive, Grantville, PA 17028 or to Total Rehabilitation Services, 4011 Rawleigh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109.