Frank G. Dickson

June 15, 1952 - September 21, 2018

Frank G. Dickson of Cadillac passed away Friday evening, September 21, 2018 at the family homestead in Kaleva. He was 66. Frank was born on June 15, 1952 in Manistee, Michigan to Wesley Bryan and Helen Arlene (Garvin) Dickson and they preceded him in death.

In 1970 Frank graduated from Brethern High School and went on to West Shore Community College where he received his Associate’s Degree. Frank continued his education at Ferris State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree there. He started his career in Law enforcement with the Petoskey City Police Department where he was for 5 years. He then went on to the Michigan State Police Academy and was assigned to the Lapeer Post for a short time to start what would become a 25 year career with the Michigan State Police and retiring in 2003 from the Cadillac Post. While in Cadillac Frank served as the Community service officer and worked with the school outreach programs. He was an active part of the community and had served on several boards and committees.

After his retirement he was able to enjoy his passions of hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling and spending time at his property and revisiting his family homestead in Kaleva where he spent his finals days.

On July 9, 1977 in Kaleva he married the former Kathryn S. Montney and she survives him along with their children: Josh (Donna) Dickson of Bear Lake, Michigan, Chris (Jesse) Dickson of Howell and Katelyn (John) Stockdale of Nashville, Tennessee; 3 grandchildren: Jackson, Charley and Willa Dickson; and Frank’s sister, Linda Daker of Marshall, Michigan.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, September 28, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Cadillac with Reverend Scott Torkko officiating. Visitation with Frank’s family will be from 4-7 PM Thursday at Peterson Funeral & Cremations Services in Cadillac. Maple Grove Township Cemetery in Kaleva will be his final resting place.

In honor of Frank’s passion for criminal justice you are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Frank Dickson Memorial Fund to be used in helping a local student pursue a degree in criminal justice. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

Diane Masick - Sep 23rd, 2018 4:03 pm

"We miss you buddy, may you Rest In Peace."

Jerry & Diane Leavell - Sep 23rd, 2018 5:19 pm

"It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of a dear friend and professional comrade in law enforcement . Kathryn and proud children, we grieve with you as we acknowledge the passing of an extraordinary father, husband, friend and fellow law enforcement officer. May the peace of our Savior be with each of you as you navigate throuth the empty days ahead that you will endure. What a wonderful legacy he has left each of us with !"

GARY L LAURIE - Sep 24th, 2018 8:37 am

"We'll miss you Frank but know you are in a better place with no pain! See you on the other side."

Arcadia Bluffs Family - Sep 24th, 2018 9:15 am

"Our deepest condolences from your family and friends at Arcadia Bluffs. May Frank rest in eternal peace. "

Penny Jenema - Sep 24th, 2018 9:29 am

"Your smile and friendship will never be forgotten. You fought this fight with all you had. Prayers for family. "

Gary and Stacie Tropf - Sep 24th, 2018 9:39 am

"What an honor and a pleasure to have you in our lives. You will be missed by all. Rest in peace."

Sherry Cone Revolt - Sep 24th, 2018 9:48 am

"Will always remember that friendly smiley. You will be missed dearly. "

Basil and Debbie Simon - Sep 24th, 2018 9:54 am

"Thoughts and Prayers to Frank's family."

Rosette Bruni - Sep 24th, 2018 10:15 am

"Thank you Mr. Dickson for the many years of service. May you rest in peace, and may God comfort your family during this time. Mrs. Dickson and family, you will be in my prayers. "

Laura Raskey-Houlmont - Sep 24th, 2018 11:32 am

"Kathryn, Josh, Chris, & Katie- your dad (husband) was the best cousin to me. Always with the encouraging words, the wry sense of humor, the absolute heartfelt love he always had for family. His passing will leave a big hole. I will miss our long phone conversations & solving the worlds problems. May your wonderful memories hold you through this time, he will be greatly missed. "

Tim Nauslar- M.S.P. (Ret.) - Sep 24th, 2018 12:05 pm

"God speed."

Sally ( Hilliard ) White - Sep 24th, 2018 12:28 pm

"Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Frank will be missed by all of us 1970 class mates. His smile warmed our hearts."

john hardy - Sep 24th, 2018 1:09 pm

"One of the nicest guys I have ever met. He will be missed. Very Sad."

Gene & Kathy Ambs - Sep 24th, 2018 2:36 pm

"In this sorrowful time, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones. Although over the years, distance has separated us, we have always treasured your friendship. Frank will "always be our best man". "

Ryan Bennetts - Sep 24th, 2018 3:49 pm

"Uncle Frank we miss you greatly! RIP as we celebrate your life but I know you are in a better place. I'll miss that handshake and hugs on our visits!! Continued prayers to my Aunt and Cousins for comfort during this time. Love you all! "

Gene & Kathy Ambs - Sep 24th, 2018 4:03 pm

"In this sorrowful time, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones. Although over the years, distance has separated us, we have always treasured your friendship. Frank will "always be our best man". "

Gary Wellman - Sep 24th, 2018 4:37 pm

"Kathryn and family. I was a Trooper at the Manistee Post when I was assigned to do the background investigation on Frank for the MSP. How lucky was I to draw that assignment. It was my pleasure to get to know Frank. His background was impeccable. During our careers with the MSP, We would see each other occasionally. Frank always had that great smile on his face. I am so sorry for your loss and Frank will always be remembered as one of those special guys. Gary Wellman (Retired D/Sgt. MSP)"

Jerry Kershner - Sep 24th, 2018 5:11 pm

"It is with great sadness that I learned of this loss. He was a great friend. A man that had the ability to make all happy. I will miss his welcome smile and laugh. Rest In Peace my friend"

Tom & Julie Unger - Sep 24th, 2018 5:24 pm

"Rest easy Frank, our thoughts and prayers for your family."

Gene & Kathy Lagerquist - Sep 24th, 2018 5:38 pm

"Our deepest sympathy to Frank's family. He will be missed as a classmate and friend."

Ray and Sandy Terrian - Sep 24th, 2018 6:31 pm

"Always fun to be with playing golf or working. Frank was a good man and a trusted Officer who always had your back. Rest In Peace Friend, hope to see you in that special Heaven for Police Officers"

Jeanne Lenz - Sep 24th, 2018 7:01 pm

"You have my deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathy at this time. Frank will be missed by many."

Paula Sibal - Sep 24th, 2018 8:08 pm

"Heaven just got an amazing soul. Frank was the kind of guy that everyone wanted to be around and he will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched. I had a huge crush on him when I was in 7th grade, but he never made me feel like a silly adolescent, because that would have been unkind and that’s just not who he was. I’ve never forgotten that. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. It seems like the pain is always deeper when the person who walked on was a wonderful human being like Frank. I’m keeping you all in my prayers. "

Dave & Jacki Bailey - Sep 24th, 2018 9:19 pm

"Kathryn, Josh, Chris & Katelyn: We just heard of the passing of Frank. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great person. He fought a long & tough battle. Hopefully you can find peace in knowing he will no longer be in pain. We are out of state but know that are thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest In Peace Frank. "

Julie Dunnigan Blackburn - Sep 24th, 2018 10:22 pm

"My Dear Frank, my close friend and cousin, missing you would be an understatement. I love you, Kathryn, Josh & Donna, Chris & Jesse plus your beautiful children, and Katie & John. May God give you comfort in the coming days and years, and may you enjoy all those wonderful memories you've made. I grieve with you in the loss of the best of the best in people, Frank Garvin Dickson. "It's all about family," as Frank would say. I'm glad we share in that. Rest In Peace, Frank. "

Elsie Moore - Sep 25th, 2018 6:59 am

"Kathryn and Family, Heartfelt sadness for your loss. He was a trooper in many ways and will be fondly and greatly missed. May you all find peace. Blessings from our family."

Joe & Nancy Cairnduff - Sep 25th, 2018 2:19 pm

"Thoughts and prayers to Kathryn and family. Frank was a great man and it was an honor to work with him. God Bless"

Harold and Dianne Falan - Sep 25th, 2018 3:34 pm

"Thoughts and prayers are with you, Kathryn, and your entire family."

Richard & Gail Smith - Sep 26th, 2018 10:05 am

"Katheryn, Josh, Chris & Katie, We are so glad we were able to visit with Frank last week. Frank was such a Special Person to us. Richard’s membership in the Police Auxiliary of Petoskey forged a friendship unmatched with Frank. Frank always had time to share a smile and sound advice! We will miss him as we send our deepest sympathy to you, your spouses and children."

Sande Wendel - Sep 27th, 2018 11:02 am

"Rest in peace Frank. Your hospitality, kindness, intelligent and funny conversations will live on in my memory. It was an honor to spend time with you and family at your treasured historical Kaleva home. I know your family will be forever embraced by your love of them. You are missed my friend."

George & Carol Schester - Sep 27th, 2018 11:33 am

"We will miss you very much. Rest in peace my friend. God bless you and your family. "

Ron & Claudia Strutz - Sep 27th, 2018 11:52 am

"Dear Frank, It was always a pleasure to see you when we went up to Dave's. You always had a smile and your winning personality was always fun to be around.We will miss you,but know you will always be with us as we share the fond memories you shared with us.Thinking of you with fondness and wishing you love and peace on your new journey."

Ralph Boudreau, Jr. - Sep 27th, 2018 5:12 pm

"Kathryn and family I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that the Good Lord is holding you close. Forty years ago on September 24,1978 Frank and I entered the Michigan State Police Academy 95th. Recruit School. We had many laughs and talks to get through that experience. Frank was a good friend who will be missed. Rest in peace brother until we meet again."

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