"He loved his job so much," she said. "He was one of those who absolutely thought he was going to be working the rest of his life - he was never going to retire. It was never a job to him, it was something he enjoyed."
Dickensheets was like a father to Janet Dickensheets' son, who was three years old when the couple met, she said. Dickensheets had no children of his own, she said.
"He was like a father to him," she said. "He considered my son his child even though he knew his father."
He was also a proud grandfather to his stepson's four-year-old daughter, she said.
"He was a wonderful and loving husband," she said. "He was hard on the outside but anyone who truly knew him knew he was sensitive and caring and warm on the inside."
Dickensheets called baseball games for the Charleston Charlies and Charleston Wheelers; football and basketball games for Marshall University, West Virginia State College and the University of Charleston; the Charleston Distance Run; Golden Gloves boxing events; and hundreds of high school sporting events.
Dickensheets' funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Hurricane. Burial will be in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home in Charleston.