“He deserved a little bit longer,” Ms. Anastasi said.
Mr. Dickey grew up in Wayne City and lived in Carlyle, both east of St. Louis. His daughter said she would always remember how he would make the “I love you” sign in American Sign Language — pinkie and index finger raised, middle and ring fingers folded down, his thumb out — each time they parted ways, even though no one in the family was deaf.
“At 42, that still happened,” she said.
Brian Crick, a district judge for Muhlenberg and McLean Counties, died on Saturday in Bremen, Ky., at age 43. Judge Crick’s wife, Amanda, and two of their children were treated for injuries. His youngest child was not home when the storms hit.
The judge, an elder and Sunday school teacher at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, Ky., was known for his love of children, said Dana Brantley, a close friend of the Crick family.
“He always had a kid turned upside down, tossing them in the air,” Ms. Brantley said. “If something like this happened to someone else, he would have been leading the cleanup, he would have his work gloves on, be digging through the rubble, out with his saw helping. That’s just who he was.”
For the family of Mr. Daniel, the Mayfield corrections officer, Monday was a day for gathering at the Brown Funeral Home — one of the few structures in town unscathed by the widespread destruction — to make preparations for a final goodbye.