Dale Nearhood 1920 - 2014
Dale Nearhood
  • 93 years old
  • Date of birth: May 29, 1920
  • Date of passing: Jan 29, 2014
Husband, Father, Friend to Many, and a Legacy of Inspiration.

Dale R Nearhood, 93, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014, in Scottsdale, AZ. Dale was born in Lincoln, NE and graduated from Plattsmouth High School, Plattsmouth, NE. Dale was a WWII Army veteran, heroically serving our country in combat in the European Theater from Normandy to the Rhine River, witnessing the liberation of France and surrender of Germany. He was wounded twice and awarded two Purple Hearts.

After the war he returned to Lincoln. In 1946, he married Viola Nielsen. They were happily married for 62 years. Dale worked the majority of his life for the HJ Heinz Co. In 1995 Dale and Viola moved to Scottsdale, AZ to be closer to their children and grandchildren. His enjoyment came from being with his family, many friends and watching Nebraska football games.

Dale is survived by his 3 children, Jim (Lisa), Janet (Stuart Epstein) and Richard (Corinne) Nearhood, and two grandchildren, Nicole and Nate Nearhood all of Scottsdale, AZ. Dale was predeceased in death by his dear wife, Viola, in 2009 with whom he now shares eternal love.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the Nearhood Family Scholarship Fund, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Barbara Hatch on 30th January 2015

"Thank you for sharing your military story with us, Dale.  Yours was a life well-lived."

This tribute was added by Bill Wilcox on 24th November 2014

"Jim, Janet, and Rich, Got your phone call Janet, and then your note about Dale's passing in February and for some reason could not access the web site, think it was my computer. Dale called my wife, his niece Karen nearly every week, and after she passed in January of 2013 he called me and was a great comfort to me. He always asked about our weather, always was concerned about us and always thanked us for our time. He and Vi were wonderful when we came to AZ for a short visit. Miss his phone calls and stories about the dog and his trips to the store. You were very lucky to have a Dad who was so grounded and kind to everyone, a great role model for all who knew him! XO  Bill"

This tribute was added by Candy Stafford on 2nd June 2014

"Uncle Dale, I miss your voice over the phone. I love looking at your pictures of you, dad and Uncle Clint. Thank you Candy"

This tribute was added by Cindy Marquez on 29th May 2014

"Happy Birthday Dale - I think of you every day when I water your plants. I think of your smile - that fabulous smile!!! Miss You"

This tribute was added by Susan Gaddy on 14th March 2014

"Dale,  I remember a many of Sundays that we would all get together..go out on the west side of the house and shoot the pellet gun so many years ago.   On week-ends you and Vi would come for a visit and bring Aunt Evelyn (and the dog Fluffy).  Thanks for being there for me and Tom when your brother Clinton died.
I will miss your weekly phone calls.    
Helen Hough Nearhood Wilson"

This tribute was added by Susan Gaddy on 14th March 2014

"Dale, you have been in my life since the day I was born.  You have always treated me like I was your real niece.  So glad that my Mother (Helen Hough Nearhood Wilson) and I got to come and visit your family several years go.    I will miss our conversations on the phone about OU football!!    Love and miss you"

This tribute was added by Kellene Villalobos on 4th March 2014

"Jim, Janet and Richard:  It was with great sadness that I read your note about Dale's passing.  As many others on this site, I too loved his occasional (and brief) phone calls.  He always sounded so happy and healthy, and I know he loved being so close to all of you.  I loved hearing from him - he always mentioned something about my parents (Hazel and Stu Sedlak.)  Your dad knew it comforted me to hear his kind words, and I will always be grateful.  Hugs to all of you - hold tight to your wonderful memories of an exceptional man."

This tribute was added by Linda Covella on 2nd March 2014

"Dear Richard, Jim and Janet, My mother, Mary, and I were very sorry to here about your father's passing. Thank you for the kind note you sent my mother. She enjoyed his phone calls and their conversations always brightened her day. She'll miss hearing from him. I'll remember him as a warm, friendly person, always wearing a smile."

This tribute was added by Candy Stafford on 22nd February 2014

"Uncle Dale, thank-you very much for the phone calls through the years,
I will miss your voice. You are now with your wife,parents and brothers.
May God Bless all of your family in Scottsdale.
Your niece:  Candace Nearhood Stafford"

This tribute was added by Stuart Epstein on 21st February 2014

"Dale was a good man. Although he never like talking much about his time in the war, from time to time he would open up a bit and tell us stories of his experiences which were priceless. I know he and Vi thought their greatest accomplishments were their children, and all you have to do is look at Jim, Janet and Richard to see what great people Dale and Vi were.  You are together now... rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Reed Plate on 20th February 2014

"Richard, Jim, Janet and Family,
On behalf of my wife Kathy and I, we send our deepest sympathy on your Dad's passing.   Dale supported my efforts to join Heinz and I was fortunate enough to fill his position at Heinz after he retired and we stayed in touch over my 31 years with the company.  He was always interested in the latest Heinz news and we enjoyed talking Husker football.  We also fondly remember your Mother.  They were a terrific couple and invited us the Ashland cabin a couple of times.  You were fortunate to have him for many years and I was proud to have known him. We hope fond memories will ease your sadness."

This tribute was added by Doug Blomgren on 20th February 2014

"Dale, as young boy scouts we knew you were generous, kind, talented, and energetic.  Now, having read about your service in Europe, we add to that description modest and heroic.  Thank you for all you did and were."

This tribute was added by Mary Ellen Smith on 18th February 2014

"My Dad introduced me to Dale during one of my many visits to Arizona. They were part of the "Breakfast Group" who solved the worlds problems almost every morning. I was just out there in October and I really enjoyed my conversation with Dale at breakfast. My Dad passed away the end of November and I know the Breakfast Group is missing them both. I'm sure the two of them are back enjoying each others company once again!"

This tribute was added by Suzanne Hurlock on 18th February 2014

"Dale, it is an honor to have known you.  Always a pleasure to have shared in laughter & conversation with you.  You are what the greatest generation is all about!  Love this Music!"

This tribute was added by Neil Kronenthal on 18th February 2014

"Richard, Janet and Jim:

I am very sorry to hear of your loss.  Your dad (like my dad) was one of the special one’s from The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw, 1998).  It’s difficult to find people with the character and moral fiber that this era produced and I believe as children, we are all fortunate to have experienced their values and guiding hand in our upbringing.  Good to know he went quietly and is now with your Mom.  God bless."

This tribute was added by John Johnson on 17th February 2014

"Nice memorial; good pics, good music. Your dad was a great guy. I always liked him. Solid, regular guy of that great generation. It's not good that any of us have to pass on, even at 93. My condolences for this huge loss. Blessings on you all."

This tribute was added by Adele Henderson on 17th February 2014

"Janet, Richard and Jim - I'm so sorry to hear of Dale's passing.  The ice-rinks were the best but I remember the hoops, swing-set, hollihocks, pickle pins and pin-ball machines as well as your mom's great cooking, many a BBQ and always a welcoming smile from them both. I felt as at home in your house as I did in my own and knew Dale (and Vi) would have done anything for us.  Such great people - I am proud to have known them. Take care and much love to you."

This tribute was added by Nancy Caskey on 17th February 2014

"Dear Janet, Jim, and Richard...I am so sad to hear about the loss of your father.  I know Dale was a wonderful father to you. He was also a wonderful neighbor to us on Lake Street through all of our fun and challenging childhood years.  I especially loved when he flooded the back yard to make an ice skating rink !  After our families left Lake Street, Dale remained a devoted, and caring lifelong friend to my folks, Mary and Bob Henderson.  He continued to call them up until the time of their passing to check-in on their well being, and to tell them of your accomplishments.  He was SO PROUD of the three of you.  You meant the world to him.  My prayers and love are with you during this difficult time  <3  We are Forever Friends...Nancy Henderson Caskey"

This tribute was added by John Tidball on 17th February 2014

"My friendship with Dale went back about 80 years!  And it has meant a lot to me to have had contact with him through email and telephone calls in recent years.  We grew up together in Plattsmouth and spent many memorable days at my dads lumber yard and various other places around town.  Memories include going out to the local golf course and hunting for lost golf balls...he was a great friend and I will miss him very much!  My heart is with you dear members of his family."

This tribute was added by Julie Corner on 17th February 2014

"My heartfelt condolences to Jim, Janet and Richard.  I haven't seen you guys in decades but I heard from Dale almost every week.  He was a very caring and protective person.  I appreciated this in him every week when he called.  May he rest in peace with Viola at his side."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Anderson on 16th February 2014

"Thank you for making your home our home. All of us girls felt comfortable and could just hang out, run up and down the stairs and sneak boys in and out.  You put up with a lot from us but always were kind and generous.  Your family is a testament to the love in your household.  You will be missed but I feel blessed to have been a part of your life."

This tribute was added by Mel Michael on 16th February 2014

"Many a Saturday night of our winter months in Arizona were spent playing cards with Dale and Vi and later with just.Dale and I were with the same company with which Dale was very instrumental for my being there. You cant put 50 years of friendship in such a small space but he was a true and dear friend
                                                         Mel(Mike) and Darlene Michael"

This tribute was added by Melissa Epp on 16th February 2014

"Dale you were always a great joy to be around.  Putting up with us silly teenaged, giggly girls.  I will remember your humor and the fact you brought up amazing kids.   To the next time!"

This tribute was added by Barbara Hatch on 16th February 2014

"Deepest condolences from Barbara Hatch and David Dillion with Veterans Heritage Project.  It was a privilege to include Dale's story in our 7th edition of Since You Asked.  David Dillon, who interviewed Dale, is now in the Navy!  Maybe Dale helped inspire him.  You can reach me at barbara@veteransheritage.org.  We will mention your father in our 11th edition's In Memoriam page and thereafter."

This tribute was added by Janet Nearhood on 14th February 2014

"Dad, I know you and Mom are together again.  We were so lucky to have you in our lives for so many years.  You live forever through us and everyone whose life you touched.  I love you, Dad."

This tribute was added by Jim Nearhood on 14th February 2014

"Dad---I think about you every day. I am the most fortunate son in the world to have a wonderful father like you. Thank you for everything you did for me. Rest in peace. You are my hero and my inspiration."

This tribute was added by Richard Nearhood on 7th February 2014

"Thank you dad for all that you did for me and your grandkids in life.  We will always cherish our memories of you and honor your life by trying to be like you."


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