Colonel David C. Dickerman


Colonel David C. Dickerman, U.S.A.R., 79, of Warwick, went home to his Savior on October 19, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy.

David was born in May 1940 in Providence to Ralph A. and Frances (Dias) Dickerman. A graduate of Waynesburg University, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Providence for 35 years. As a hydrologist, he researched the availability of groundwater resources throughout the state. He was the author of many publications regarding sites for drinking water in Rhode Island. David was an active member of Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian, serving as an elder, clerk of session and church treasurer. He also sang in the church choir for 57 years along with his wife Nancy.

Col. Dickerman’s service to his country spanned 33 years. He first served in the Rhode Island National Guard (later attending Officer Candidate School). He then transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve. He served in various positions with the Medical Service Corps; his last position was overseeing the readiness of civilian hospitals to handle mass casualties in the event of a national disaster. He was inducted into the Rhode Island National Guard Hall of Fame in 1996.

At the time of his death he was living in the home of his son Jonathan in Pensacola, Florida. David was the proud father of Jonathan (Rhea), Daniel (Amy), Peter (Bethany) Dickerman and Deborah (Allen) Miner. He was the grandfather of Natasha, Alex (Sabrina), Andrew, Nathan, Matthew, Megan and Jackson Dickerman. He was the brother of the late Dana Dickerman.

Services for Col. Dickerman will be held at Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian, 805 Main Ave., Warwick, on Friday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. (reception to follow). Interment with military honors will be held at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter on December 21 at 9 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.

Donations in his memory may be sent to Greenwood Community Church, Presbyterian. For information and guest book visit


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