Veteran with No Immediate Family Honored with Military Funeral
300 people packed Roper and Sons Funeral Home in Lincoln on Monday for the funeral of a 91-year-old Army veteran and only five were family members.
Dale Wayne Quick served seven years in the Army from 1947-1955 during the Korean War. The native of Leonardville, Kansas had no immediate family members living. Quick arranged and paid for a funeral in 1988 and when he passed away on June 13, Roper and Sons Funeral Home had a choice to make.
Tom Roper is the owner and president of Roper and Sons Funeral Homes. He said he has seen poor attendance at funerals too many times and when he didn’t have luck with any listed contacts, he reached out to the local Legion and Patriot Guard Riders. Those veteran groups spread the word, asking for the community to support a veteran.
Roper was surprised, as the first people to arrive for the service were actually family members who heard about the funeral service.
“And it was nice to have them there,” Roper said. “It was nice to have a family connection. I thought that was phenomenal to have them there.”
The local fire department posted four fire engines on the route from the funeral home to Fairview Cemetery. Firefighters stood at attention as Quick’s body passed by.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Roper said. “It just made me feel very good about what we tried to do.”
Quick received full military honors at his funeral. Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sen. Ben Sasse also attended.
“Dale Quick served our nation for 7 years and, although he had no known family, he left behind a grateful nation,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement Monday. “America’s veterans are men and women of honor, and they deserve to be laid to rest with dignity and respect. Our family was awed by the hundreds of Nebraskans who attended today’s service — most of us never met Dale but Nebraskans understand that no veteran should be laid to rest without the support and gratitude of their fellow citizens.”