June 7, 2019
Arlyce Dedrickson, 86, of Litchfield died Friday, June 7, at Hutchinson Health Center in Hutchinson. A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service in Litchfield. Interment will be in Ripley Cemetery, Litchfield. In lieu of flowers memorial are preferred to First Presbyterian Church or the GAR Hall.
M. Arlyce Rose Dedrickson, daughter of John and Hildred (Quinn) Beerling, was born April 15, 1933, in Litchfield. She grew up in Litchfield with her younger brother Robert Beerling and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951. Litchfield is where she met her husband Bernell Dedrickson. They were high school sweethearts and stayed that way until his death in 1998. They married July 21, 1951, at Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly thereafter, Bernell, who was in the Navy, was stationed in Boston for a few years and they had two children, David and Lynn. Next came several years stationed in Panama and then Hawaii. After all those moves with the Navy it was time to move back to Litchfield where she had two more children, Tracy and Libby. They then made moves to Beckville, Redwing, Litchfield, Olathe, Kansas, Dunder, Illinois and finally Carmel, Indiana, where they stayed for the next 25 years.
While in Carmel, Indiana, she was very active with her church, Orchard Park, serving on several committees as well as on the session and also in charge of decorating the church for Christmas. Being an advocate of hospice care, it was only natural for her to be part of it at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She enjoyed her co-workers and helping the patients. She also worked at Leppert Mortuary for a number of wonderful years. After Bernell passed away, Litchfield is where Arlyce wanted to be - home. Only with the help of family, including daughter Lynn, granddaughters and family friend Auggie Anderson, that move may never have happened.
Once back in Litchfield, she quickly got to work in the community, being on the boards of Rosemary Home, GAR, Presbyterian Church as well as a volunteer at the Meeker County Hospital and a member of the local book club, all of which she did for a number of years and enjoyed thoroughly. Arlyce loved her family and friends. Being blessed with a wonderful voice she was been able to share it with us in a number of choirs and singing groups over the years. She touched everyone she met and her absence is greatly noticed.
Arlyce is survived by her daughters, Tracy Dedrickson (Rik Holland) of New York, New York and Libby Dedrickson-Russell (Jose Cardenas) of Santa Barbara, California; grandchildren, Amanda Lounsbury (Chad Wilhprecht), Aurora Lounsbury (Gene Marschel), Thor Russell and Michelle (Jared) Grant; and great-grandchildren, Amber Foftervold, Arin Hamilton, Olivia Russell, Micah Russell and Maddox Russell; and brother Robert Beerling.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Hildred; husband Bernell; son David; and daughter Lynn.
Please sign our online guestbook at johnsonhagglund.com