Benny was born Nov. 11, 1914 in Custer, Mont. to Benjamin and Mary Dickson. He grew up east of Billings, rounding up, breaking and selling horses. In 1936 Benny and his parents moved to Trout Creek. He worked for REA bringing power to the Trout Creek area. He worked for the Forest Service building trails and kept watch for forest fires at the look-out on Squaw Peak. He also worked in the Tacoma area as a lineman.
Benny was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He married Anna Olson Oct. 16, 1948 in Plains and this October they celebrated 65 years of marriage. He worked for Oliver & Oliver Logging Co. for over 20 years and he ran grader for Sorlie Excavating for several years.
Benny and Anna built a home in Trout Creek to raise their five children. In 1964 the family moved to the Blue Slide, raising cattle and farming. In 1978 they moved to their place on the reservoir at Trout Creek.
Benny spent his time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren fixing and restoring bikes, trikes and sleds; and making bows and arrows. He constantly worked with his hands. Many family reunions were held at Benny and Anna’s at “The Lake.”
He is survived by his wife Anna Dickson of Sandpoint, Idaho; two sons, Jerry (Rochelle) Dickson of Thompson Falls and Jeff (Terri) Dickson of Redmond, Wash.; two daughters, Diane (John) Pearson of Bigfork, and Chris (Tom) Roy of Sandpoint, Idaho; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother Harley Dickson, his parents, son Johnny Dickson, and three sisters Thelma Chenoweth, Marjorie Barnard, and Helen Furthmyer.
Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handing the arrangements. Please visit Benny’s online memorial at lakeviewfuneral.com and sign his guest book.