Douglas J. Dicke, 61, of Decatur, Indiana, died at 12:10 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Parkview North in Fort Wayne.
He was born on December 27, 1958, in St. Marys, Ohio the son of the late Donald Willis and Virginia Madeline (Veit) Dicke. Later in life, Doug discovered that he had a birth defect of his heart where only three chambers were formed and working. He had three heart surgeries to try to fix this but eventually it took its toll.
Family survivors include his wife, Anna (Lee) Dicke who he married on October 10, 2009; a step-son, Brian Webb of Wapakoneta; three brothers, Gary (Janell) Dicke of Seymour, Tennessee, Bruce (Barb) Dicke of Decatur and David (Karen) Dicke of Ohio City; a brother-in-law, Jim Prowse of Convoy; and several nieces and nephews.
Doug was a 1977 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School. His great passion was power lifting doing squats, bench press and deadlift. In 1978, at the age of 19, he set a world teen bench press record of 446 lbs. in the 198 weight class. In 1980, he placed fifth in the 220 lb. weight class at the World National Power Lifting Championship at Madison, Wisconsin. Although he was a welder by trade, Doug was also a handyman and because of his strength he made a great security guard at the Lima State Prison. He also was an instructor at New Life Spa.
Besides his parents, Doug was preceded in death by a son, John D. Dicke and a sister, Linda S. Prowse.
A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2020, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Bevington officiating. There will be calling hours 9 - 11 a.m., on Monday. Interment will take place in Ohio City Woodlawn Cemetery.
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