PAPILLION — Dale A. Sickler, 84, of Papillion, formerly of Kearney, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Papillion.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney with the Rev. Jeff Wulf officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney and before services Friday at the church.


Dale was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Kearney to Cyrus and Martha (Petet) Sickler. He grew up in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in 1953.

On June 27, 1954, he married Marilyn (Jeanie) Johnson at Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney.

Immediately following graduation, Dale started working for the Kearney Daily Hub. He retired in 1999 as a full-time production manager but continued to spend one day a week in the Hub plant overseeing commercial printing projects and handling budgeting and purchasing. He worked for the Hub for 52 years.

He was among the team that planned the Hub’s current facility, completed in 1991. He played a key role in the transition when the Omaha World-Herald Co. purchased the Hub. He was honored by the Nebraska Press Association with its Golden Pica Pole Award in 2005. He was known as “The Hub Man.”

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kearney, was a 4-H leader, a member of the Amherst School Board, the Amherst Volunteer Fire Department and the Kearney Elks Lodge 984 for numerous years.

Dale enjoyed woodworking and made many special pieces for his family. He was a great craftsman. Dale was a perfectionist in everything he did. He loved traveling in his motor home with his family where they visited all 50 states.

Dale was the strength of his family. He was a mentor and a teacher. He loved his wife, family, grandchildren and his doggies. Dale loved the great state of Nebraska. He enjoyed McDonald’s coffee time with friends, and sausage biscuits, ribs and sour cream raisin pie.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 65 years; daughters, Connie Wietjes and husband Rodney of Liberty, Mo., and Janeen Cox and husband Ron of Omaha; son, Steve Sickler and wife Cathy of Omaha; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Twila Plant and husband Richard of Royse City, Texas, and Lou Shields and J Walker of Mesa, Ariz.; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents; his daughter, Kelly McNeil; two brothers; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later and may be sent to Marilyn Sickler, 8710 Weir St., Omaha, NE 68127.

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