Committal and military honors: Friday, November 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, 2900 Parker Flats Rd. Seaside with a reception following at Black Horse Golf Course.
Robert “Bob” Dickens, beloved husband, father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, friend, businessman, Eagle Scout, and pilot, slipped
the surly bonds of earth for the last time on July 26th, 2019, and now
flies above us all looking back on a life of love, success, and adventure.
Born in Watsonville in 1936 and graduating from Watsonville High School
in 1954, Bob, along with his brother Norman, built the family business,
Associated Chemicals, into a successful agricultural business in the
Salinas Valley. In the 80’s and 90’s he could be found providing his
leadership skills to various agricultural organizations in California.
“Bob, an extraordinary people person, contributed his time and his airplane to The Flying Doctors many times in the 80’s, flying into rural areas of Mexico to help provide much needed medical attention to the people there. Never satisfied with what he had already done and accomplished, he was always eager to try something new, like skydiving and scuba diving.”
Looking down from above, Bob now sees his wife of 60 years Virginia; his
daughter Chris Ferdinand (Roger), of Seattle, son Robert Dickens Jr.,
of Watsonville; his grandsons, Jason Ferdinand (Emily), of London,
England, Joshua Blanton (Candace), of Miami, Florida, and Bradley
Dickens, of Watsonville; and great-grandchildren, Finnley and Adelynd
Blanton, of Miami, Florida.
So, if you happen to hear a small plane and look up into a beautiful
blue sky and see nothing, smile and give a big wave anyhow; that was
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