Charles Richard Dyke

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Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home
1 Church Street
Augusta, ME

Charles Richard Dyke 1937 - 2018

AUGUSTA – Charles Richard (Dick) Dyke, 81, of Sidney, Maine and Zephyrhills, Fla., died on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, following a period of declining health.

Dick was born Feb. 21, 1937 in Livermore Falls, the son of Rachel (Ellis) and Charles Newell Dyke. He married Mary Roberta Harmon, of Caribou, on Feb. 21, 1960. He was a 1955 graduate of Cony High School in Augusta, a 1961 graduate of Farmington State Teachers College (BA), and a 1972 graduate of University of Maine at Farmington (MA).

He was a lifelong educator, working as a teaching principal at Carthage Elementary School (1959-1961), and Turner Center School (1961-1966), teacher at Hodgkins Junior High School in Augusta (1966-1975, 1976-1982), acting principal at Williams School in Augusta (1975-1976), and principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Augusta (1982-1991).

Dick served in the United States Naval Reserve (1955-1963), and Maine State Guard (1963-1964).

Dick was a 32nd Degree Mason as a member of the Augusta (now Bethlehem) Lodge (1958 to present), and the Kora Temple Shrine, and was a past director of the Kennebec Valley Shrine Club. He was a member of the Augusta Lodge of Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose in Zephyrhills, Fla., the American Legion, and Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity.

Dick was an avid outdoorsman, instilling a love of hunting, fishing, and all things natural to his family. He was a Registered Master Maine Guide (1959 to present) and was a past member of the National Rifle Association, and the Sportsman Alliance of Maine. He enjoyed collecting antique automobiles, and was a past member of the Model T Ford Club of America, the Model T Ford Club International, and the Maine Obsolete Auto League. He collected many antique engines and was a past president of the Maine Antique Power Association.

Dick was a watercolor artist, sharing many of his paintings with his family. He enjoyed and was known for his prolific garden on Bowman Street in Farmingdale, coin collecting, love of US Civil War history, playing golf and making golf clubs, tying flies, "digging" for Native American artifacts, raising Labrador Retrievers, crafting black powder firearms, and chipmunk taming.

Dick was predeceased by his father Charles Newell Dyke (1978), his mother Rachel Ellis Dyke (2004); and his wife Mary Harmon Dyke (1986).

He is survived by his loving companion of 20 years, Bertha Cosgrove, and her supportive family; his sister Janice D. Dodge, and her husband Russ, and their daughters and families, his son Charles (Rusty) Dyke and his wife Suzanne, his son Calvin R. Dyke and his wife Robbin, his daughter Patricia D. Bernier and her husband Barry; and his grandchildren, Calvin D. Dyke, Corey R. Dyke, Shane W. Bernier, Makayla B. Merry, and Erin M. Dyke. Dick was recently blessed with a great-granddaughter, Sophie B. Merry.

Visiting hours will be held at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta, on Friday, Oct. 12, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will be held immediately following the funeral service at Pleasant View Cemetery in Livermore Falls.

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Published in Central Maine on Oct. 11, 2018
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