He was born April 12, 1937, in Breslau, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 with $50 and a dream of owning his own business. His training in the tool and die making trade was interrupted by a stint in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963. He went on to start several businesses, including Cullom Machine Tool & Die, Inc. and Cleveland Tubing Inc. He, his family and the family business moved from Illinois to Cleveland in 1983.
He was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. He received the M.C. Headrick Award for Free Enterprise in 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen Jo Berns Dickhut, of Charleston; five children: Melanie Ann and husband, Daryl Miller, of Columbus, Ga., Catherine D. and husband, Michael Boettner, of Charleston, Christopher Heinrich and wife, Jennifer Dickhut, of Cleveland, William Joseph and wife, Katrin Dickhut, of Verl, Germany, and Johanna Evelyn and husband, Adam Preble, of Austin, Texas; he was also abundantly blessed with 15 grandchildren: William, Katherine, Henry, Peter, Thomas, Josefa, and Jude Miller, all of Columbus, Ga., Christopher and Jackson Boettner, both of Charleston, Audra, David, Zeta, and Mikayla Dickhut, all of Cleveland, Amy and Samuel Dickhut, of Verl, Germany; four sisters: Theresa, Regina, Elfriede, all of Germany, and Josefa of Wisconsin; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church with Father William Dickson Oruko, A.J., presiding with Father Albert Sescon assisting in the Mass.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdayat Ralph Buckner Funeral Home concluding with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation or the St. Mary’s Building Fund in honor of Mr. Dickhut.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Dickhut family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.