Rick Dale, 74, passed away on May 24, at Bergan Hospital in Omaha with his loving family by his side.
Rick was born in Gordon on April 21, 1947, to Dick and Lucille Dale. He grew up in Martin, graduating from Bennett County High School in 1965. Then, he attended Chadron State College for two years.
He married Linda Lane on August 20, 1966, in Kansas City and to this marriage, daughter Lisa and son Rich were born. The family lived south of Martin until 1986 when Rick transferred to Ogallala to work for Production Credit Association.
Rick married Bonnie Simonson in 2012 and along with that union he gained a stepdaughter and son-in-law. Rick and Bonnie lived in Keystone, Neb., and then moved to Callaway, where Rick became President of then FirsTier Bank.
After his retirement from banking, Rick still kept his cattle, horses and other animals on his place that he really enjoyed. He helped out hauling corn and silage, transporting livestock, bank inspections or whatever else needed done to stay busy. He loved the country way of life, watching rodeos on TV and keeping up with the sport. His greatest joy was by far his grandchildren and he enjoyed going to their activities. His granddaughters loved seeing his face in the stands at their high school and college volleyball games. He had an amazing smile, great sense of humor and a deep love for his family and friends and he will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.
Rick leaves behind daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Kim Willman, Grand Island; stepdaughter and her husband Suzie and Ross Wahlgren of Gothenburg, Neb.; granddaughters Daryn, Kamryn and Lauryn Willman; grandsons Casey, Grant, Reid and Seth Wahlgren; sister Lynne Mooney, Piedmont, Linda Dale, Bonnie Dale; “bonus” son and daughter Dallas and Carmen Kime; “bonus” granddaughters Drew Kime Hoefer and McKenna Kime Beckman; and his beloved dog Chase and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by son Rich; parents Dick and Lucille Dale; grandparents Harry & Marian Cherry; John and Eva Dale; and his favorite horse Bat.
Rick’s wishes were to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 19, at the Seven Valleys Senior Center at 105 North Grand Avenue in Callaway, Neb., from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. A brief program will be held at 3:00 p.m. and all are invited to share their favorite memories of Rick. Per Rick’s request, casual attire is requested. Memorials are suggested to the GRACE Cancer Foundation or to the donor’s choice.