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ARTHUR — Noel Charles Dicks of Arthur died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday (June 4, 2021).

Noel was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Broadlands, the son of Kenneth and Mary Logan Dicks.  Noel graduated from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a pharmacist at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio.

In 1957, Noel married the love of his life, Iris Jeanne Lape of St. Peter. They lived briefly in Decatur until he purchased Grantham Drug Store in Arthur in 1960 and changed the name to Dicks Pharmacy. He remained the sole proprietor until his retirement in 1995.

Noel committed his life to the Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite beginning in 1955 at the Arthur Lodge No. 825, having received his degrees there. He held many offices in the organization and ultimately rose to the office of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois in 2005 and was re-elected in 2006. He held many offices in the Danville Valley Scottish Rite as well.

Noel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Iris; sons, Bruce (Maggie) and Mark; granddaughters, Emily and Michelle (Wesley) of Nashville, Tenn.; grandsons, Sam (Maria) of Cincinnati and Jack of Big Lake, Minn.; sister-in-law, Janece Dicks of Arthur; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dr. Keith and Dr. Phyllis Lape of Jacksonville; and many nieces and nephews.

Noel was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mary; brothers, Wallace and Darrell Dicks; and sister-in-law, Joan Dicks.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois St., with a masonic service to follow at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10, at Arthur United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Arthur Cemetery. Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Noel’s name to Arthur United Methodist Church or Arthur Masonic Lodge No. 825. Online condolences to the family may be shared at

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