Obituaries » Toni L Dickey
July 6, 1959 - August 22, 2022
Toni Dickey, 63, of Ankeny, passed away Monday, August 22, 2022 at MercyOne in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made out to the Toni Dickey Memorial, which will develop an Ankeny Hawkette Golf Scholarship Foundation.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 25, 2022 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut, Ankeny, IA). A funeral service will be held at 10:00am, Friday, August 26, 2022, also at the church. Burial will immediately follow at Greenwood Friends Cemetery. The funeral will be livestreamed at the following link: https://boxcast.tv/view/toni-dickey—memorial-idcib5wj6wy4ofb0ih3g
Toni was born in Des Moines on July 6, 1959 to Bob and Louise Johnson. She attended Ankeny Community Schools and graduated from Ankeny High School with the Class of 1977. She received a full softball scholarship to Northeast Missouri State University and graduated with the Class of 1981. During college, she met the love of her life, Bill Dickey. They were married for 39 ½ years. Together they raised two amazing daughters, Ashley and Kelley.
Her love of golf began at a very young age, and she played throughout her life. She began her career as a dedicated golf professional at Otter Creek and Briarwood golf courses. She coached her first high school golf season in 1986 and was the head coach of Ankeny Hawkette Girls Golf for 31 years. Her teams had an overall win- loss record of 1,114 wins and 590 losses, a 65% winning percentage. She was named CIML Coach of the Year two times, District Coach of the Year, National Federation High School Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Her teams won three state championships, two state runner ups, three third place finishes, and one fifth place finish. Her golfers won four individual state championships, one runner up finish, and five state co-ed championships. Her teams won 9 conference championships. She touched the lives of 448+ young ladies and wouldn’t trade a minute. Her golfers knew she was never just their coach but instead their champion and a mentor for life. The greatest honor she ever achieved was induction to the Dick Rasmussen Hall of Honor, the only female coach inducted.
In 1986, she was the very first eighth grade girls volleyball coach in Ankeny Middle School. She was a trustee of the Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary. She spent many fun evenings with her bunko group and the date night crew.
After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandsons. She was always the best snuggler, race car ramp builder, domino player, and movie buddy that they ever had. The boys loved their Facetime phone calls with Ama, the many adventures they went on, and that Ama prompted BopBop to get them special treats. She enjoyed vacations and cruises with her family. One of the best family vacations was celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary in the Dominican Republic.
Toni dedicated her life to her family as a wife, Mom, Ama, daughter, and sister. She is survived by her husband, Bill Dickey of Ankeny; daughters, Ashley Dickey of North English, and Kelley (Spencer) Emke; grandsons, William and Cameron, of Huxley; sister, Tami Johnson of Ankeny; parents, Bob and Louise Johnson of Ankeny; as well as many extended family members.
Toni will be remembered by so many for her consistent and infectious laugh and smile. She was a friend to everyone she met and will be deeply missed by so many family and friends. Of all her accomplishments and treasures, possibly the greatest was the love she shared for all she knew.