Richard E. Dix, of Magnolia, died on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at the Bayhealth – Milford Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the lae Robert J. and Katherine Dix, of Kansas City.


Richard E. Dix, of Magnolia, died on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at the Bayhealth – Milford Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the lae Robert J. and Katherine Dix, of Kansas City.

Mr. Dix dutifully served his country in the United States Navy. He came to Delaware when stationed at Cape Henlopen in the 1960s. In the service, he was a sonar specialist and served aboard the USS Earl B. Hall, USS Hank, and USS Ross. For many years, Mr. Dix worked as an electronic and appliance repairman for Sears and Fishers of Milford. In 1975 Richard’s passions came into their own when he opened his Richard Dix Sign Company. His near-legendary career saw him hand-stripe at early NASCAR events and cause his name to spread throughout the industry. He started in downtown Milford for seven years before moving on to the familiar Bay Highway location for the last twenty six years. He was one of the last remaining custom pin-stripers.

In his spare time, Mr. Dix further enjoyed cars. A street and stock-car racer in his younger days, later he was an avid Jeff Gordon fan and enjoyed collecting NASCAR memorabilia. He also enjoyed watching the Barrett-Jackson car auctions and loved shooting the breeze with customers and friends about their always interesting vehicles. Mr. Dix had many ties to Lake Forest High School and helped many students through the school co-op program in his sign shop.

Growing up, his family had very little. His early experiences made him the man he became. His quirky, fun-loving personality – ranging from ridiculously routine to jovial unpredictability – will be remembered by the thousands of lives he touched. He was very particular, believed everything had its place, and his word was his bond.

Mr. Dix was a member and past president of the Delaware Corvette Association and the Delaware Community Appreciation Group where he was very active with fundraisers for the soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital. 

Mr. Dix was preceded in death by his son Richard E. Dix Jr. and sister, Christina Williams.

Mr. Dix is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Betty A. Wyatt-Dix, of Magnolia; daughters and sons in law, Katherine and Ron McCoy, of Frederica, Carrie and Izzy Mabrey of Hampstead, N.C.;

son and daughter in law Kristopher and Joey Price of Boston, Mass.; grandchildren – Faith McCoy, 16, Alex McCoy, 12, Ryan McCoy, 10,  Cora Mabrey, 6,  and Gracie Mabrey, 3; and his constant companions Butterscotch and Billy Bob.

Services were held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at Melvin Funeral Home, Harrington. Interment was held privately. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Richard E. Dix Scholarship for a Lake Forest High School graduating student majoring in Graphic Arts.  Send to Karen P. Crouse, LFHS, 5407 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE   19943; or to the Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.