Graveside services for Dale Edward Rich, 71, are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Allen Family Cemetery with longtime friend Alvie “Jr.” Ogle officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.


Graveside services for Dale Edward Rich, 71, are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Allen Family Cemetery with longtime friend Alvie “Jr.” Ogle officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Alexander Funeral Home.


One of the last “old-time cowboys”, Dale was born June 14, 1937, in Wilson to Ollie Lee Rich and Lillie Kemp Rich. He saddled up and rode off to be with his Lord on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 at his home at the age of 71 Years 2 months and 14 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Max “Bo” Rich; and a son, Danny Lee Rich in 1979.


A lifelong resident of Ringling, he graduated from Claypool School in 1955. He and the former Donna Sue Allen were married Oct. 20, 1958, in Ringling. 


Dale had been employed with many local ranches and a self-employed welder for many years. His passion was spent raising Hereford show calves for his children, grandchildren and many local youth. When the County and State Fair show times rolled around, you knew where to find Dale. He was at the show barn with a big chew of tobacco and a set of clippers at hand. He was a member of the American Hereford Association and the Ringling Community Benefit Team Roping. He also loved to sing southern gospel music. 

Survivors include his wife, of the home; daughter, Sherry D. Mashore and husband, Kenny; grandchildren, Kendra Brooks and husband, Daniel, of Wilson; Rusty Mashore and wife, Amanda, of Ringling; great-grandchildren, Racelyn Gemmell, Danielle Brooks and Tucker Dale Mashore; two brothers, T.D. ”Dusty” Rich and wife, Ginger, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Jack Rich and wife, Ann, of Ringling; many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.


Bearers will be Rusty Mashore, Kenny Mashore, Larry Stewart, Charley Lockwood, Sherle Lockwood and Steve Hughes. Honorary bearers will be Alvie ”Jr” Ogle, Jerry Dillard, Don Allen, Ronnie Harbour and Raymond Brown.


In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to the 2009 Ringling Jr. Livestock Sale Fund, P.O. Box 1010, Ringling, OK 73456 or Good Samaritan Hospice, P.O. Box 297, Wilson, OK 73463.


Condolences may be sent to the family at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org