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John Perley Dicus
October 15, 1938 ~ July 21, 2017
October 5, 2017
John Perley Dicus passed away quietly in his Spokane Valley home on July 21, 2017, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The family is hosting a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at Broadway Elementary, E11016 Broadway, Spokane Valley.

Please come and share your memories of John with family and friends.

He was born in Omak, Washington, on October 15, 1938, and was the oldest of three children born to Mark and Marian Dicus.

John grew up in Bonner’s Ferry and graduated from Bonner’s Ferry High School in 1957. He worked at various jobs before joining the Air Force in 1961. He married Raellen Reed and they had two children; Don and Christine.

The family lived in the Spokane Valley, where they were active in their church and scouting. John enjoyed bowling and square dancing and was an avid gardener. He won many awards for his prize vegetables at the fair.

John and Raellen divorced after 27 years. He later married Verna (Krogh), who had a daughter, Carrie, and a son, Grover, from a previous marriage.

John worked for Central Valley School District before retiring in 2006. In retirement, he continued his gardening, but also enjoyed bicycling, walking his dogs, camping and caring for his grandchildren. He loved to watch old westerns and football, as well as any sport in which his grandchildren participated. He also pitched a mean game of horseshoes.

John collected belt buckles, caps, hats, movies and anything John Wayne. He collected many loyal friends as well, who supported him throughout his illness. He will be greatly missed by all.

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Verna, son, Don (Kim) Dicus, daughter Christine (Bob) Springsteen, stepdaughter Carrie (Morgan) Koudelka, stepson Grover (Hallie) Krogh, grandchildren Christopher, Benjamin, Emily Joy, Emily Grace, Noah and Leilah, and new great grandson, Mason. He is also survived by his brother, Everett Dicus, sister Eva Bell, aunts Ina Hanford and Lucille (Bill) Alexander, mother-in-law Evelyn Thompson and well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Spokane for keeping John comfortable physically as well as spiritually in his final days. The battle was long and hard, but John is finally at peace.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Spokane. To view or sign his guestbook, click here.