Sheldon James Dicks

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  • Name: Sheldon James Dicks
  • Location of Birth: Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: November 2, 1921
  • Date of Death: July 11, 1997 (75 years old)
  • Parents: Clifford and Sadye Dicks
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  • College: 1951 - University of Minnesota School of Mines
  • Highest Rank: LT (Lieutenant)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: February 14, 1942 (Registration Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information from World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Sheldon James Dicks
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: November 2, 1921
    Birth Place: Hibbing, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 14, 1942
    Registration Place: Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Student
    Weight: 130
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Height: 5' 6"
    Next of Kin: C. J. Dicks
    Household Members: Sheldon James Dicks
    Relationship: Self (Head)

    Information from World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949:
    Name: Sheldon J. Dicks
    Ship, Station or Activity: Philadelphia
    Ship Number or Designation: CL-41
    Muster Date: May 9, 1945

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Sheldon was raised in Nashwauk, Minnesota where he attended elementary and high school.

    His father owned Dicks Fairway grocery store in Nashwauk, Minnesota.

    After spending a short time in farming in central Florida, Sheldon began his career as a mining engineer, working for Pickands Mather on the Iron Range, then Youngstown Sheet and Tube in Youngstown, Ohio and Lykes Resources in Youngstown and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later joined the John T. Boyd Company, consulting mining engineers, from which he retired. He remained active as a consultant and mining equipment appraiser until the last month of his life.

    His principal pastime was jazz and he was a follower of big band music from his early youth in Nashwauk, Minnesota and through the rest of his life. He was an avid reader and was planning a safari to East Africa at the time of his death.

    Sheldon was a longtime member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the North American Equipment Appraisers Association and other professional organizations and was a registered professional mining engineer and blaster.

    Sheldon is survived by his wife, the former Lillian Raattama of Nashwauk, Minnesota; sons Randall, Rudy, and Peter; and a granddaughter, Sarah.

    Sheldon died at Montefiore University Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of acute leukemia.

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