Sam V. Dixon

Sam Vickroy Dixon, owner of Dixon Financial and Insurance Services, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Sam was born April 17, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., to Arthur and Hester Vickroy Dixon. He lived in Granite City, Ill. until moving to St. Louis in 1941, when his father passed away. He was then raised by his father’s sister and husband, Hazel & Harry Malseed until 1948, when he went to the New York Giants Minor League training site in Stanford, Fla. Previously, Sam was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 while playing for Harris Teacher’s College. Sam had three children, Bruce, Mark, and Karen, and five siblings, Anabel, Norman, Susan, Arthur, Hester, and a half brother, Charles. After playing four years of Minor League Baseball, he worked for the Santa Fe Railway in Chanute, Kan. In 1958, he entered the insurance business. While in Chanute, Sam managed the American Legion Baseball Team for many years. He and his wife, Babs, were Neosho County Chairmen of the Cancer Crusade for several years.

Sam and his family moved to Lawrence in 1963 to be the Home Office Agent for Standard Life Insurance Co. for one year. He then became an Independent Agent and Broker for the rest of his insurance career. In 1976, he and his beloved wife Babs were chairmen of having the fire hydrants in Lawrence painted as Revolutionary Soldiers for the Bicentennial.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, with Don Cunningham officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested St. John Catholic School or Senior Wheels, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at