Jimmy Arthur Dickey, was born 81 yrs ago in Pineville, Mo. on May 24, 1939 to Edward Clark Dickey and Luetta Belle (Mathis) Dickey. Their family moved to Hermiston Oregon in 1955. Jim attended and graduated from Hermiston High School where he met his wife Judy Rayburn. They were married for over 60 yrs. Sadly, she proceeded him in death on August 15th, 2020.
He is survived by his son Mark Dickey and daughter-in-law Jody Dickey of Pendleton, daughter’s Sherry Dickey of Kirkland WA, Diane Long of Pendleton and Kathy Ward and son-in-law Bob Ward of Portland Or. Grandchildren, Joshua Dickey, Taylor Smith, Kyle Ward, Maddison Long and Emily Long. Mother, Luetta Dickey in Hermiston Or, and brother Tommy Dickey and sister-in-law Marylu Dickey of Kennewick Wa. He is preceded in death by his father.
Jim was awarded a football scholarship to Eastern Oregon State College. He transferred to Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Accounting. He was hired by an accounting firm in Sacramento and moved his family, wife and four children to California. Although he was employed with one of the top accounting firms, he felt the pull to return to Oregon.
He moved to Pendleton in August of 1968 to work for Yergen & Meyer. He passed his CPA exams and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in September of 1968. Jim was offered a partnership in Yergen & Meyer in 1971 and became the youngest partner in the firm’s history. After Yergen & Meyer merged with Moss Adams in 1999, Jim elected to open his own firm under Jim A. Dickey PC until he retired in 2005.
Throughout his life he achieved many awards and honors in his distinguished career as a CPA. In 1986 he was the President of the Chamber of Commerce and fondly remembers riding in the round-up parade with his own personalized spurs. Through his memberships in Jaycees, Rotary Club, The Elks and Eagles fraternal organizations, he provided many years of community service. He was listed in the National Registry of Who’s Who, 1999 Edition
Jim was proud of his family and worked hard to provide opportunities to enjoy special times together on vacations and holidays.
Funeral services to he held October 23, 11:00 am at Olney Cemetery, with celebration of life following services at the Dickey residence in Pendleton.
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