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Thursday September 10th, 2020

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Friday September 11th, 2020

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Friday September 11th, 2020

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Dempsey Eugene Dixon Sr.

Dempsey Eugene Dixon Sr., age 78, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 2:30 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia. Rev. Melvin McCaleb will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be in the Vandalia Cemetery following the service.

A visitation celebrating the life of Dempsey Eugene Dixon Sr. will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday September 10, 2020 at the Waters Funeral Home.

Dempsey was born on January 20, 1942, in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Thomas Charles and Nonie Marie (Wilson) Dixon.

He was united in marriage to Gene Ann Redd on September 1, 1973 in Clarksville, Missouri. She survives him of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Dempsey Dixon Jr. of Mount Pleasant, IA, Richard Damon Redd of Bonne Terre, MO; three daughters, Jolene Ann Dixon of Vandalia, Melissa Jean Redd of Vandalia, Nikki Lee of Fulton, MO; one brother, Walter Dixon of Vandalia; two sisters, Dorothy (Herman) Miles of Columbia, MO, Aisha Abdelnassar of Kansas City, MO; three brothers in law, James Wheeler of Vandalia, Harold Wheeler of Davenport, IA, Christopher (Teresa) Redd of Springfield, IL; two sisters in law, Daisy (Frank) Warren of Clarksville, MO, Fannie (Billy) Carter of Davenport, IA; five grandchildren, Ciarria (Jeffrey) Underwood of Troy, MO, Jaselle Brookins of Vandalia, Danasia Pittman of Fulton, MO, Daniel Pittman of Fulton, MO, Danniqua Pittmann of Arizona; ten great grandchildren and many more loved nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maurice Dixon, Harold Dixon, Donald Dixon, Robert Dixon; infant brother, Charles Dixon and granddaughter, Menisha Thomas.

Dempsey attended the Lincoln School and Vandalia High School before going to proudly serve his country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969. Dempsey was very active in his community and loved serving people. He served as a deputy for the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, a police officer for the Vandalia Police Department, a EMT for the Van-Far Ambulance District and an Alderman for the City of Vandalia. Dempsey worked for Harbison Walker International Refractory in Vandalia retiring in 2012. While employed there he served as the president of the employees union.

He was a member of Second Christian Church in Vandalia and loved his church family. He proudly served the church as a past Deacon and Vice President of the congregation. Dempsey enjoyed fishing, hunting and building furniture. His family and friends were his biggest love in life.

Pallbearers will be Dometric Wheeler, David Davis, Decarlo (Boney) Hutt, William (Billy) Wheeler, Rodney Ferguson, Wendell Wheeler, Jeffery Underwood.

Honorary pallbearers are William Wheeler, Sr., Ronnie Greene, Christopher Redd, Jamie Wheeler, Marvin Davis, Calvin Miles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Waters Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Dempsey memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com

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Gene Ann, was so sorry to hear about the passing of Dempsey.
The picture of you and him in your police uniforms brings back alot of old memories.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Brown Sep 16 2020 12:00 AM

To Aunt Gene Ann and family, so sorry I can't be there with you to celebrate the life of Uncle Dempsey who was always bigger than a giant to me because of the size of his heart and the gentle way he communicated with me. If the ever was a scripture verse that defined a life 2 Timothy 4:7 I can here Uncle saying I fought the good fight I have finished the race I kept the faith... what a reunion took place in heaven on September 2 Dixon brother's together once again. Love you family.

Rev. Lisa Dixon Anderson Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM

I always thought a lot of Dempsey, May you find comfort in knowing he will be watching and waiting on the over side, hold your Faith with Our Savior- Lisa( Janelles mom)

Lisa Kueck Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM

Gene Ann and family, You are in our hearts and prayers so sorry for your loss. Many good memories and fun times with you all.

Randy, Penny and William Dahl Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM

I remember the time when my dad had a porch fall on him and Gene Ann and Dempsey was both there to support me .. this man never knew a stranger and help whenever he could .. he will be truly missed by many.. hugs and prayers for all of you ..

Meri kuda (see) Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM

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I wish I had had the opportunity to meet Mr. Dixon - he must have been an amazing man given that he helped raise a daughter as wonderful as my friend Chicago aka Jolene. May the extended Dixon family find comfort and strength in the warmth and caring of friends.

Kim Cole Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dempsey Dixon Sr.

carole smith Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

To Dempseys family, we had planned on making it tomorrow evening, however, due to Roland having to get some infusions next week we are unable to travel.
We were so sad to hear about his passing. What a wonderful friend and man he was. Please accept our condolences and know we truly wish we could be there with you. We will hold him close in our hearts.
Roland and Trae Kerr

Roland and Trae Kerr Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM

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Our sincere sympathy for the loss of such an honorable and wonderful human being.

Mark Moreland, Atty, Debbie McLain & Carol Bewig Sep 8 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jean Ann.
Dempsey was always a class act.

Doug and Lori McPike Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

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