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Richard (Dick) Whitehill

October 5, 1933 January 25, 2019
Richard (Dick) Whitehill
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R. C. (Dick) Whitehill was born on October 5, 1933 in Shenandoah, Iowa son of Frank and Flora Whitehill. Dick graduated from Tabor High School in 1952. At age 18, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy serving four years during the Korean Conflict on the U.S. O’Brien. He was united in marriage to Sharon Kay Bowe on June 21, 1958 in Columbus, Nebraska to which the union of four children were born Kelli, Kevin, Scott, and Terry. Dick was predeceased by his parents and siblings Erma Whitehill, Helen Morrical, Jean Lorimor, Bud Whitehill, Arlene Ewalt, and Verda Stavas.

Dick had many joys and passions in his life. Farming, harvesting, gardening, and his love of the land is how he will be best remembered. He loved serving his community as a businessman and owner of the Tabor DX and Tabor Mini-Mart. He especially enjoyed the interactions with the children and adults that came to the station and store (Dickies Quickie) to see him and Sharon. It was at this time that he was able to serve and give back to his community. He was a leader and innovator for the Tabor Fire Department and Tabor Rescue and took great pride in his time as Chief of the department. His love for sports and coaching led to a period of time where wrestling became a big part of the department with the creation of the youth wrestling program. With the help of his good friend Roger Malcom and son Scott that the Tabor Volunteer Fire Department Wrestling Tournament and location was put on the map. Thousands of wrestlers, coaches, and fans experienced some of the finest tournament traditions, including the grand march, along with some of the best wrestling in the Mid-West. Coach Whitehill’s wrestlers learned the life skills, competitive traits, and discipline that have guided them to be leaders in their own communities today. Each and every wrestler that Dick coached are being recognized as honorary pallbearers. Dick worked for J & N Fertilizer Company followed by twenty years at the Ameristar Casino, never arriving late or missing a single day of work.

He took great pride in making the forty mile commute to Council Bluffs through any type of weather conditions or circumstances. In between his time at the Ameristar, you could find Dick at yet another job located north of town at the Harrison farm extruding and making ethanol. Dick worked very hard, but played even harder. Oh, how he loved fishing! The trips to Canada with the old timers Art, George (Shorty), Kermit, and Merrill established the onset of many, many fishing stories and memories. He also loved bringing aboard and initiating others that had the courage to face the adventures and unknowns of the North.

So many people enjoyed the fruits of his labor and garden, along with his home decorating. He loved every aspect of the time and commitment it took to process and cultivate the land and to hang the Halloween and Christmas lights for both young and old to enjoy. From the tilling and planting to the canning and the eating of his bounty, to the last light hung, he loved it all. He may have been even a bit more boastful and took extra pride in his tomatoes, his canning skills, the holiday decorations and or what became known and consumed by many as Dicks’ Hellish Relish. Dick was a sports enthusiast.

Dick is survived by wife Sharon of sixty one years, daughter Kelli and Shawn Smalley of Scottsdale, AZ, son Kevin and granddaughters Reagan and Cynthia from Webster City, son Scott and granddaughters McKenna and Kallie from Mason City, and son Terry and Laura of Franklin TN, sisters Joyce Shilling, Phyllis Whitehill, Jeannette Plumb, Veda Flint, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Celebration of Life services will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2019 at the New Tabor Fire and Rescue Station, 900 Main Street in Tabor. There will be no viewing and memorials will go to the Tabor Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. Private disposition of ashes will be at a later time. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Tabor, IA is in charge of arrangements.

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5:00 PM 2/1/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/1/2019 7:00:00 PM
Tabor Fire Station

1000 Main Street
Tabor, IA 51653

Celebration of Life

Tabor Fire Station
1000 Main Street Tabor 51653 IA
United States

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Tabor Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association


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