In 1939, Harold Dicken started what would be his lifelong career and ultimately his family legacy, working for Nichols Funeral Home in Elyria, owned by Sidney "Stub" Nichols. Har-old learned from the best while continuing his education at the Cleveland College of Embalm-ing, from where he received his funeral director and embalmer licenses in 1941.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Harold returned to Nichols in 1945 to work with him until purchasing the funeral home from him in 1948. Thus began Harold Dicken Funeral Home.
Harold, his wife, Beverly, and their 3-year-old son, David, moved from their home on East 6th Street, Elyria, into the funeral home at 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. Growing up there, David learned firsthand working alongside his father. He continued his education at Bowling Green State University where he graduated in 1967. In 1968 he received his funeral director and embalmer licenses from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. David later became the second-generation owner of Dicken Funeral Home.
As lifelong Elyria residents, David, his wife, Sandy, and their son, Ryan are all graduates of Elyria High School. For the past 69 years Dicken Funeral Home has been providing families with quality service at an affordable cost.