Dr. R.W. “Docky” Dimond


     Dr. Ralph Wilson “Docky” Dimond, age 88, of Lamar, passed away Friday, June 19, 2009, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.


     Docky was born September 19, 1920, in his family home in Lamar, to Dr. Walter & Emma (Booten) Dimond.  After graduating from Lamar High School in 1938, Ralph attended Missouri State University in Springfield and went on to earn a doctorate degree in dentistry from UMKC in Kansas City.  From 1943 through 1946 he served in the Navy aboard the USS Zania in the Pacific Theater, Solomon Islands, Philippines, and Okinawa.  Returning home to Lamar after the war, Docky began his 43 year career in dentistry, partnering first with his father, then in his own practice until retiring in 1982.


     An accomplished musician, Docky had a passion for polka and played drums with the John Yoger Band for several years.  He was an avid gardener and fisherman.  Docky was dedicated to his family, his community and his many close friends.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.


     On March 29, 1946, at Girard, Kansas, Docky married his “Country Girl”, Trula “Billie” Wendt, and she survives of the home.  Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Jack & Kathleen Dimond and Jeff & Karen Dimond, all of Lamar; two daughters and their husbands, Jane & Bill McIntyre, Osage Beach, and Julie & John Zibert, Lamar; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dr. Edgar Dimond.


     A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 24th at Lake Cemetery with Rev. Galen Friedrichs officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Daniel Funeral Home.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Senior Center in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#9 Sheldon, MOLarry and Mary Fowler 2009-08-07 21:28
Jeff, Karen and family,
Mary and I send our sincere condolences. We are sorry for the late message but some how with other events missed the news of Dr. Dimonds passing. He not only was a great dentist (serving our family for more than 40 years) but also a great guy! Loved those fish stories! God Bless and Our Love.
#8 Topeka, KansasKaren Finley Roeder 2009-07-30 08:58
Jack and Kathleen and family: I was so sorry to hear about the passing of my favorite dentist of all times. When I moved away from Lamar for 5 years, I never went to a dentist for fear that he would "hurt" me. Docky would even make jokes while filling my cavities! My thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss of your loved one!
#7 Cynthiana, KyPat Williamson Wiley 2009-06-24 11:52
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of your family.
#6 Neosho,MOMarilyn & Randy Gabriel 2009-06-23 16:57
Julie & Family,

I'm so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers. May God bless you and comfort you during this time and always.
Always hang on to your memories.

Your Friends,
Marilyn & Randy Gabriel
#5 LamarLynn and Sharla Calton 2009-06-23 15:30
A lifetime of good memories with Docky.
We'll miss his joking and good sense of humor.
#4 St. Louis, MOShana Caruthers Johnson 2009-06-22 12:31
Jack, Kathleen & Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear about your loss. I know this is a difficult time right now and I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Docky was such a wonderful guy and will be truly missed. May God comfort you and your family during this time and always.
God's Blessings,
#3 Lamar, MissouriJohn & Marcia Bary 2009-06-22 07:02
Docky was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

John & Marcia Bary
#2 Mission, KSMichelle Patton Magee 2009-06-21 12:43
So sorry to hear about your loss. He will truly be missed. Your family is in my prayers during this time.
#1 Lamar, MOTom and Gale Main 2009-06-21 01:31
Jack and Kathleen,
We are so sorry for your loss. We know only too well what you are going through right now. You and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and comfort and peace now and in the days ahead.
In His love,
Tom and Gale

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