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