C. Dale Wickham, 78

Memorial services for C. DALE WICKHAM, 78, will be held at 10am on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the First United Wyoming Presbyterian Church. Military Honors will be conducted. Dale passed away on February 26, 2013 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Cremation has taken place. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in Dale's honor to either the Valley Christian School in Torrington or to Eastern Wyoming College. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends are invited to send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com

Dale was born Clarence Dale Wickham on November 28, 1934 in Torrington, Wyoming the son of Carl and Lillian (Robbins) Wickham. He grew up and received his education; graduating Torrington High School in 1952. In April 1953 Dale entered the US Army and served until 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Edith 'Edie' Henman in Bridgeport, Nebraska on November 25, 1953.

Dale then worked as the Assistant Manager of Safeway food stores in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 11 years and then as Manager for the next 9 years at the Torrington, Wyoming and Alliance, Nebraska stores. In 1975 the family moved to O'Neill, Nebraska where Dale and the family had a dream and were inspired to build their own grocery store; which they did and called it "Dale's I.G.A. Then in 1987 Dale and Edie bought the local Daylight Donut shop in Torrington which they operated for 8 years. They sold the shop and retired in 1995.

Dale was very active in the Torrington community with memberships in the Rotary Club, the Lions, American Legion Post and the VFW post. He was a member of the EWC Board for 12 years; with 6 of those serving as President. Dale loved working with the youth; he taught Sunday school and he was a Valley Christian School Volunteer where he found great enjoyment working with the children and they in turn loved him so much that they affectionately referred to him from time to time as "Bunka". In his spare time, Dale enjoyed fishing, camping and hiking, and golf. He also loved watching and talking about his Green Bay Packers, Boston Red Sox, and the Wyoming Cowboys. Dale was a woodworker too and he made wooden doll houses for all of his granddaughters and wood barns for all the grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, Edie; two daughters, Wendy ( Stan) Buller of Torrington; and Holly (Mark) West also of Torrington; a son, Robin Wickham and his fiancé, Dori, of Douglas, Wyoming; his half sister, Katherine 'Kathy' (Ted) Bryant of Conrad, Iowa; 7 grandchildren, Sarah (Buller) Hatch, Brandon Buller, Carla (Wickham) Palomo, Becky Wickham, Marshal Wickham, Whitney (West) Stolen, and Mason West, and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Carl.

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