April 21, 1947 – May 24, 2021
Rick Dale was born in Gordon, Nebraska on April 21, 1947 to Dick and Lucille Dale and passed away in Omaha, Nebraska on May 24, 2021 at Bergan Mercy Hospital with his loving family by his side. He grew up in Martin, South Dakota graduating from Bennett County High School in 1965. Rick attended Chadron State College for two years. He married Linda Lane on August 20, 1966 in Kansas City and to this marriage a daughter, Lisa, and son, Rich, were born. The family lived south of Martin, SD until 1986 when Rick transferred to Ogallala, Nebraska to work for Production Credit Association.
Rick married Bonnie Simonson (Huddle) in 2012 and along with that union he gained a stepdaughter, Suzie Wahlgren, and son-inlaw, Ross. He and Bonnie lived in Keystone, Nebraska and moved to Callaway, Nebraska where Rick became President of FirsTier Bank.
After retirement from banking, Rick kept his cattle, horses, and other animals on his place that he really enjoyed. He helped hauling corn, silage, transporting livestock, bank inspections or whatever else needed done to stay busy. Rick loved the country way of life, loved watching rodeos on TV and keeping up with the sport. His greatest joy was by far his grandkids and he loved going to their activities; his granddaughters loved seeing his face in the stands at their high school and college volleyball games. Rick had an amazing smile, great sense of humor, and a deep love for his family and friends. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.
Rick leaves behind daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Kim Willman of Grand Island, Nebraska; stepdaughter and husband, Suzie and Ross Wahlgren of Gothenburg, Nebraska; granddaughters: Daryn, Kamryn, and Lauryn Willman; grandsons: Casey, Grant, Reid, and Seth Wahlgren; sister, Lynne Mooney of Piedmont, South Dakota, Linda Dale, Bonnie Dale; “bonus” son and daughter, Dallas and Carmen Kime; “bonus” granddaughters, Drew Kime Hoefer and McKenna Kime Beckman; his beloved dog, Chase; many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by son, Rich; parents Dick and Lucille Dale; grandparents, Harry and Marian Cherry, John and Eva Dale; favorite horse, Bat.
Rick’s wishes were to be cremated. CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Seven Valleys Senior Center at 105 N. Grand Avenue in Callaway, Nebraska from 2:00-5:00pm CST. A brief program will be held at 3:00pm and all are invited to share their favorite memories of him. Per Rick’s request, casual attire is requested. Memorials are suggested to the GRACE Cancer Foundation or to the donor’s choice.