Dale Wacasey

Ronald Dale Wacasey, known as Dale, and sometimes “R.D.”, was born June 11, 1938 to A. T., Sr. And Vera Wacasey in Clarksville, Texas. His family moved to Lubbock when he was three years old. He attended school 1st through 12th in Lubbock. His Dad had a dairy when Dale was a young boy and he told many stories about life on a dairy with 3 older brothers and an older sister. Later his Dad was in the construction business and Dale worked with him learning the meaning of work ethics and hard work. He adopted these traits and put them into practice. He married his high school sweetheart, Dana Rhea Abbott, in July l957 and they celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 12th. Over the past 50+ years they have had many adventures.

During his military career from 1961 until he retired in 1994 he helped develop outstanding young men and women using skills learned at an early age. His purpose was to be a positive influence on these men and women to become the best they could be, and teaching them how to protect our country. He encouraged and taught in many different areas always looking out for the troops. For the next ten years he worked as a locksmith, traveling many miles every day for this job. Dana would travel with him when she could, usually reading books to him that they both enjoyed. He had a long career of helping people from all walks of life.

He was an active church worker at A-M United Methodist Church and at Christ United Church. Christ UMC became our church home and family in 1995 when the church was begun. He helped with any task that was put before him, usually with Dana by his side. He had a huge, generous heart and rarely did he say “no.” He also had a stubborn streak which many people would attest to. He had an incredible


  1. Dana, I will always remember the twinkle in Dale’s eyes and the smile on his lips. Even that last time I saw him, there was a tiny smile. I love you, Dana. I cherish the way you and Dale embraced me as a new friend when I moved here in 2002.
    Blessings, Cherry Moore

  2. Dana ~
    Please know you are in out thoughts and prayers. May God embrace you and comfort you during this difficult time.


    Melba – Natali Lopez

  3. Dana, Dale was a fine gentleman and he will be greatly missed by many. My prayers are with you and your family .


    Royce A. Yeates

  4. Dana,
    Larry and I are so sorry for your loss – You and Dale are the reason Larry changed his life in Christ – he looked followed to Wednesday night Bible study class (and we thought he was there for the food) I am so upset that we are out ot town this week but I will call you next week.

    Love you and you are in our prayers.
    Jonne and Larry Young

  5. Dale was a very good friend and he help me very much over the years as a member of the 420th Engr bde


    Joe Hensley

  6. Ms. Dana, my Emmaus friend,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband, you and your family are in my prayers. Much Love Kem

  7. To express our deep sympathy to you in your loss. We thank ‘R.D.’ for serving our country in the U.S. Army and retiring from the U.S. Army, 420th Engineer Brigade. Because of you and other young men and women we have our freedom in this great country. May God’s Speed Be With You ‘R.D.’.
    The American Legion
    Earl Graham Post 159

  8. Dear Mrs. Wacasey and family. We are thinking of you and keeping you all in thought and prayer. Dale was certainly a special person who touched a lot of lives. I know that Jimmy and Chuck will be there for you and will we all miss him greatly. He leaves a great legacy of service to his country and love for his family. Our San Antonio family sends its love to you all.

    Sincerely, Jim Valentine
    Fort Sam Houston, Texas

  9. Im so very sorry to hear of the passing of Dale.He was very helpful in my early military carreer.I shall miss him.My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.God bless Dale,and his family. CL Turcotte

  10. Dana,
    My heart aches for you, your sons and daughters-in-laws and most of all for your grandchildren. I know how much they meant to Dale and you! I also know you will carry on that love for them and help them remember him.
    May God’s peace keep you in the days ahead.

  11. Reba and I were shocked to learn of Dale’s passing. Dana, we will keep you and your family in our prayers. I have a picture in my office of a Family Support Academy with Dale and I standing by a fence watching the entertainment! Anytime I ever needed anything, Dale was always there. If he did not have what I needed, then he could always get it. He was a great friend to many and is efforts in the 420th were amazing. We will miss him.

  12. I knew Mr. Dale when I was assigned to the 420th Engineer Brigade. He was scuh a wonderful man to be around. He loved the military life and told so many stories. I am so sorry for your loss, but he was a wonderful man. Just pray to God from whom all your comfort will come. God bless you.

  13. Ms. Dana, I was truly surprise when I seen that Dale had gone to be with the Lord. Please except our sincere condolences from the Sledge Family. May you and your family trust in the Lord during these trying times, as for me and mine we will keep you in our prayers in Saudi.

  14. Family of Mr. Dale Wacasey,
    As I read Dale’s Obituary, I was reminded of the truly positive influence Dale had years ago on my life and members of 952d Engineer Company. Indeed, Mr. Wacasey inspired many young men and women over the years to strive to be the best at what they do.
    From the members of the 420th Engineer Brigade we celebrate with you the life of a Great American, Mr. Dale Wacasey.

  15. Dana and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dale was a great friend to many and will be missed by all of the lives that he has touched throughout his life. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s Grace give you strength, peace, and assurance.

  16. Dearest Dana – Family,

    No words can express all of the emotions we feel and share with you.
    Please, know that we love you and will only be a phone call away ANYTIME you need us.

    We will always remember how you two lit up the room as either of you walked into a room where the other one was…your love for each other has always been so evident…you have been a joyous inspiration to so many of us…
    Thank you for sharing so much with us.

    de Colores…Fly With Christ…
    Much love, Shirley – Andrew

  17. Dale was a fine soldier and a great person. His work ethic and ability to motivate others made a big difference in the 420th. He will be missed by all of us who knew and admired him.

    My prayers will be with the family that loved him the best and will miss him the most.

  18. Dana and Family. We are are so sorry to hear about Dale’s passing. We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss him greatly.
    God Bless.

    With love,
    Ricky – Carolyn Meadors

  19. Dana,
    I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s death. He was a great man and a great American. When I think of the 420th, Dale is always in my memories. Dana, I cherish our friendship that started many years ago when working with the Family Support at the 420th. Just hang on to Jesus…He will get you through the touch times ahead. Read Romans 8 and take comfort in the promises of God. Love, Mary

  20. Dear Mrs. Wacasey – family,

    I was saddened to read about Dale’s passing. I knew him as a highly motivated, effective soldier with the 420th Engineer Brigade, but more than that, a friendly, likeable person to be around. Our prayers are with you during this time of loss.

    Dick – Cathy Withers

  21. Dear Mrs. Wacasey – family,

    I was saddened to read about Dale’s passing. I knew him as a highly motivated, effective soldier with the 420th Engineer Brigade, but more than that, a friendly, likeable person to be around. Our prayers are with you during this time of loss.

    Dick – Cathy Withers

  22. Dana:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on Dale’s passing. I know he will be missed.

    Ellen Weichert

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