THOMAS E. “COACH” DIXSON, 75 years old

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Thomas E. “Coach” Dixson, was born November 28, 1946 in Indiana and died November 29, 2021 at Indiana Regional Medical Center from a sudden and brief illness. The son of Ronald and Eleanor (Alexander) Dixson.

Tom married his sweetheart Robert-Shaw, Marlene Ann Stella in 1967. Last July, they celebrated their 54th birthday together. Throughout their marriage, they raised their 3 children; Tommy, Mike and Kristie with so much love and laughter. Tom loved his daughters-in-law, Lindsey and Susie, and his son-in-law, Jeff as his own. They blessed him with five amazing grandchildren; Julia, Molly and Mikey Dixson and Max and Maggie Voyda. Her grandchildren were truly the light of her life. He was so proud of Julia and Molly for all they accomplished and his special bond with Mikey, Max and Maggie for basketball.

The coach has developed so many friendships that have grown into a family during his years as a baseball umpire, umpire and basketball coach. If you knew Tom, you loved him and you appreciated the life lessons he taught you through training. He wasn’t afraid to kick your ass with his size 11, but he was the first to hug you and tell you he loved you. He always joked and loved to laugh. A true legend and his legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren for generations to come.

He graduated from Marion Center High School in 1964 and retired from the Homer Center School District after 30 years. Tom and Marlene have also owned and operated the Cherrywood Golf Course for 15 years. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard. Tom loved to be outside, mowing the grass and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, Kenny (Donna) and Garry (Jane), his beloved uncle, Clarence “Dick” and several nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he liked it a lot.

He was predeceased by his parents and stepdaughter Lindsey Alton-Dixson.

To celebrate a life so wonderfully lived and shared with others, please join us for a Divine Christian Burial Liturgy on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Protective Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer City. Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, Homer City are in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visualization.

In lieu of floral arrangements, we ask that you send a poinsettia to St. Mary of the Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer City or make a monetary donation to Kristie Voyda, 383 Diehl Road, Penn Run, PA 15765 to be used to start a Memorial Scholarship for Homer Center Athletes on his behalf.

“How lucky we are to have loved someone so much that it’s so hard to say goodbye …”


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