John Dickinson

Oct 29, 2013 Staff

John Dickinson, of Riverton, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home. He was 51 years old.

Per his request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Margaret's gym in Riverton. There will be a carry-in dinner with a time of sharing. The family asks that attendees wear a baseball cap to honor Mr. Dickinson.

John Eugene Dickinson was born March 12, 1962, in Riverton, the son of Robert Eugene and Venessa Louise (Fernandez) Dickinson. He graduated from Riverton High School in 1980.

When he was younger, he worked in the oil and gas fields, having worked on the smallest to the biggest drilling rigs in the industry. He lived most of his life in the Riverton area but did spend time in Denver and Scottsbluff, Neb. While in Denver, he worked for John Elway Auto Nation in the parts department for 10 years. He then spent five years in Nebraska at the Chevrolet dealership in the parts department. After he returned to Riverton, he worked for Western Appliance for four years.

On Aug. 21, 1993, he married Debra Louise Koelmel in Westminster, Colo. Together they had two children, Chelsea and Dustin.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Dickinson; daughter Chelsea L. Dickinson; son Dustin E.R. Dickinson; mother Venessa L. Dickinson; sister Peteolean V. Settlemire and her husband David Ransom; brothers Louis A. Dickinson and his wife Jackie and Steven G. Dickinson; grandfather Louis A. Fernandez; nieces Chorissa Dickinson, Hilary Settlemire, Kaylee Dickinson, Ashley Wisehart and Kaila Wisehart; and nephews James Settlemire, Joseph Dickinson, Bryan Marchant, Andrew Wisehart, Daniel Wisehart and Kyle Halverson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Dickinson; grandmother Venessa Fernandez; and grandparents Lois and Albert Dickinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Help for Health Hospice or a college fund for Mr. Dickinson's children, The Chelsea L. Dickinson College Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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