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Bill Dicks Celebrating 90th Birthday

 

Jean and Bill Dicks

Widefield resident Bill Dicks is celebrating his 90th birthday, today, July 25, 2018.

He was born July 25, 1928 in Carbon, Iowa. He was the third of seven children.

He dropped out of school when he was 13 to work in his dad's coal mine. He volunteered, along with several other family members, to serve in World War II in the Army.

After WWII, he ran heavy equipment and played music on the side to earn extra money. When you can play any stringed instrument, you can put on quite a show.

After marrying Jean (Sample) Dicks and having three kids, he completed his GED and finished some college classes for various certifications. He field managed the Flood Control Dept in Wichita, KS until he retired early to move to Colorado Springs, CO.

While living in Colorado, he worked through the International Heavy Equipment Operators Union with various construction companies in the Colorado Springs area. He continued entertaining the community with his music. He is a member of the American Legion Post #38 and the VFW Post # 3917 in Security, as well as the VFW 6461 in Fountain. He jammed with local musicians that have passed on including Roy Gray and Chip Lattrell.

Bill has entertained local residents with some of Fountain Valley's best including Roy Gray and Chip Lattrell.

He played and recorded music with many celebrity musicians over the years. Dicks and Lattrell, loved entertaining at the old "Prairie Dog Saloon" in Peyton and produced CD's under the names: The Buffalo Cowboys. The duo entertained at the annual Labor Day event in Fountain and at the El Paso County Fair in Calhan.

Dicks loves carving walking sticks. He won awards with his carvings and was featured at the local Woodcarver's Museum. He is a super patriot and flies the American flag proudly in his front yard.

He grew up on a farm and really misses that lifestyle. However, he is a master gardener and has shared his vegetable garden surplus with many a friend, neighbor, and God's Pantry in Fountain.

Previous to living in Widefield, Dicks and his wife lived in Fountain. They love their home and are currently enjoying their retirement together at home. They have been married for 69 years and have three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

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