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Death of Life Member Wilbur Dick

We were saddened to learn of the death of one of our life members, Wilbur Dick.  He joined The Twin City Camera Club in 1977 and was active in the club serving as President in 1981 and again in 1990.  Wilbur was always willing to help out when ever he could and competed in the film slide divisions until 2010 and in Prints until 2011. 

What can I say, Wilbur was a friend, an excellent photographer and a musician.  I don't know if photography or music was Wilbur's first love, he was very much involved in them and very good at both.  Wilbur was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.  Many things about him were special, like his humorous wit, he always had a smile and some tidbit of wit and humor that would make everyone around him smile.  Also, once you heard it, you wouldn't forget his wonderful ability to whistle, it was something really special to hear.  Wilbur was one of the good guys, he will be missed. 

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Wilbur's family and friends.


Wilbur Walton Dick, 89, passed away July 19, 2014 at Crown Point in Stevensville.

Funeral services with Military Rites will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coloma United Methodist Church. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma.

Memorials may be made to Coloma United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so by selecting the "Sign the Guestbook" link on the left.

Wilbur was born in Niles, Michigan on March 17, 1925 to Harry W. and Martha Hazel Dick. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald J. Dick and George E. Dick. Wilbur joined the U.S. Army in 1943, serving as bugler in the 442nd Engineers BD Company at Camp Ellis and in Sault Ste. Marie, and in the 423rd ASF Band Headquarters Command, serving in the European theater for 14 months as Private First Class, Level Tech Five. He was honorably discharged in May 1946.

After earning a B.A. at Albion College, he married Marjorie Carol Rogers in 1949. He also later earned Masters degrees in Music Education and Counseling from both Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

He was band director, teacher and counselor at both Coloma and Watervliet Public School systems, as well as the Wyandotte Public School from 1952 to the mid 1980’s. Wilbur also continued his great love of music, playing trumpet, cornet, piano and guitar, eventually becoming band leader of the Moonlighters Band, which played locally for a number of years. Their audiences thoroughly enjoyed renditions of Big Band and dance music, as well as jazz. He was also a member of the Shriners Band for years.

His incredible talent for photography led him to become a life-long member of the Twin City Camera Club and to show and sell his work professionally at local art fairs and galleries. Wilbur worked at the Tyler and Kawneer Corporations in Niles, and for the CIT Corporation for thirteen years.

Several years after the death of his beloved Marjorie, he married the lovely Muriel Meahl and they enjoyed traveling together extensively—to China several times, as well as the American West—one of Wilbur’s favorite places to camp and photograph. Muriel passed away in 1997.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Coloma, Michigan and is survived by four step-children, Mickey Meahl, Darren Meahl, Susie Grace and Patricia Lyndale, and by four nieces and a nephew, Becky Browder, Martha Southworth, Mary Czarnecki, Jane Kerr and William Dick. Wilbur will be greatly missed for his great humor, his deep faith in the Lord, his wonderful stories, his cheerful attitude and loving heart.







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