Former Portage County Municipal Court Judge / attorney Perry Dickinson was known as an ethical attorney whose word was his bond, and a meticulous judge who was dedicated to making a just decision.
Dickinson died April 2, 2014, concluding a life of service that started during World War II, and took him through a legal career that included the FBI, a defense attorney, prosecutor, judge and, after 10 years on the bench, visiting judge for 17 years.
Portage County commissioners ordered county flags lowered to half staff until April 7.
Dickinson, who would have turned 89 in May, left Kent Roosevelt High School at the age of 16 to join the U.S. Marine Corps, where he received a Purple Heart medal for wounds he received.
He then earned his GED, a bachelor’s degree from Kent State and a law degree from the University of Akron.
Following law school, Dickinson served as an FBI agent in Chicago for three years.
Upon his return to Ohio, Dickinson began practicing law in Ravenna in 1962, with law partner Joe Giulitto. He practiced for 20 years before becoming a judge.