Rodney Oliver Dickenson (85), resident of Santa, passed away at Benewah Community Hospital on November 6, 2022. Rodney was born (1937) in Portland, Ore. to Robert Royce and Daisy Fern (Warner) Dickenson, and grew up in Pine Grove and Pendleton, Ore. He graduated from Pendleton High School with the class of 1955.
Following high school, Rodney enlisted and served four years in the US Navy, spending much of his time at sea with frequent stops in Japan. While attending church on one of his weekend liberties, he met and fell in love with Sherryll Dawn Adney of San Diego, Calif. Following several months of courtship between his deployments, they were married in the summer of 1957 and started a family. When he was honorably discharged from the Navy, Rodney returned to San Diego, working with his skilled hands in carpentry wherever work could be found. Over the next few years, he relocated his growing family several times, moving to Ogden, Utah; San Pablo, Calif.; and Pasco, Wash.; before finally settling just outside of Hermiston, Ore. in 1966. There Rodney built a house on a hill, rising above the Umatilla River and overlooking the countryside that spread out to the town nearby. He always preferred to have a view. Here the couple raised their eight children and cultivated a small farm, while he continued to work as a carpenter.