Son's legacy adds color, humor to life
Like most mothers, Marianne Dikeman is proud of the accomplishments of her offspring. She had two sons, Ted and Bill. When Bill died in 2015 he left behind a major collection of cartoons for his mother to enjoy.
Bill Dikeman was an alumnus of Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Nevada. He taught school in Washington and Nevada, and was a talented sculpture and cartoonist.
"He was artistic his whole life," said Marianne, who turned 99 this spring. Bill developed a heart problem later in his life and came to live with his mother in Lake Oswego. "He spent a lot of time on art. He had such a clever mind and expressed in words and art many fun pokes at life."
Dikeman's collection includes more than a dozen binders filled with more than 100 brightly colored cartoons each. Each binder carried a theme, such as "Four Letter Words," "Popsicle Stick Humor" and "Mind Floats."
"The banner on each cartoon was always a popsicle stick," Marianne said.
"Mrs. Dikeman came to the Arts Council during ARTmart to share her son's original comic art," said Kathleen Wiens, a volunteer with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. "She has hundreds of drawings of his original comic art. She asked if I could help her share her son's art with others."
Wiens hopes that the collection can be displayed in Lake Oswego. Those with ideas should contact the Arts Council at 503-675-3738 and leave a message for Wiens.