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Dale Newman Spickard

September 2, 1943 ~ November 9, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Dale N. Spickard, age 80, of Daleville went to be with the Lord on Thursday November 9, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

Dale was born September 2, 1943 in Blue Ridge and lived in Botetourt County for all of his life. He was the son of the late Esther “Ettie” Thompson and Elmer C. Spickard, Sr. Dale was raised in Blue Ridge by his loving Aunt Carrie F. Spickard and Lois Jane Spickard.

Dale is survived by his wife and the love of his life Sarah (Ribble) Spickard; sons and daughters-in-law: Sonny (Karen) Spickard, and Rodney (Laurie) Spickard, daughter and son–in–law: Donna Spickard (Steve) Simmons; grandchildren: Jessica (Jon) Yates, Stephanie (Josh) Mattox, Samuel Spickard, Emily (Connor) Grubbs, Nora Spickard, Erik (Martha) Wampler, and Chelsey (Jared) Craft; great-grandchildren: Lauren, Hayes, Jacob, Hadley, Miriam and Elijah.; step–grandchildren: Jason and Stephanie Simmons; Dale is survived by his brother: William Haynes Spickard; sisters: Joyce Spickard St. Clair, Peggy J. Spickard, and Nancy Spickard (Ellsworth) Clarke, sister in law Sue Johnson Spickard and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dale is preceded in death by his brothers: Elmer C. Spickard Jr. and Emanuel C. Spickard; sisters: Doris Spickard Chewning, Marion “Adele” Spickard Ayers, and Iris Spickard Graham; sisters in law: Eunice Spickard, Mary Spickard, Marie Spickard; brothers in law: Abbie Chewning, Tom St.Clair, Kenneth Paris, Bill Graham, Trubie Chewning, and Al Ayers.

Dale had a special connection with his family and Sarah’s as well. He loved her brothers and sisters: Johnny Ribble, Charles “Ed” Ribble, David “Pug” Ribble, Louis “Red” Ribble, Mary Ribble Tyree, their spouses and families. He was close with Dal and Jeff Spickard and their family.

Dale worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad for 38 years, retiring as a locomotive engineer. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all his heart and attended Fincastle Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing in the church choir at Glade Creek Lutheran Church. Dale was a proud member of “The Friends of Praise '' gospel bluegrass group where he sang and often would wear the silly costume of the season. Dale cherished his friends in the band and you could find the group bringing smiles at Bellacino’s in Daleville, local nursing homes, and churches. He was a passionate sports fan and liked the New York Yankees, but he was especially a fan of his grandchildren’s ball games and activities through school; faithfully cheering them on at events! Dale also enjoyed raising a garden and farming the land along Glade Creek with his brother Haynes. Dale looked forward to our summer lake trips at Bill and Sue Ward’s home.

Dale was very involved in his community - he supported the Christian Soldier’s Food Pantry, Roanoke Gospel Outreach and spent much time helping the homeless. He attended monthly lunches with his friends who retired from the Railroad and he enjoyed having a biscuit with the gang at Hardee’s. He also enjoyed the social gatherings with his neighbors in Stone Ridge and especially his daily visits with his sister Joyce. Dale was proud to be from Blue Ridge and cherished those lifelong friends.

A service celebrating Dale’s life will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday November 14, 2023 with family receiving friends from 11:00 to 1:00 at Fincastle Baptist Church, 7330 Roanoke Road, Fincastle with Pastor Kevin Cummings officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Glade Creek Cemetery, 3148 Webster Rd, Blue Ridge, VA 24064.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Roanoke Gospel Outreach Center, 9 Salem Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011 or the Christian Soldiers Food Pantry, 728A Church Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.

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November 14, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fincastle Baptist Church
7330 Roanoke Road
Fincastle, VA 24090

November 14, 2023

1:00 PM
Fincastle Baptist Church
7330 Roanoke Road
Fincastle, VA 24090


Glade Creek Cemetery
3148 Webster Road
Blue Ridge, VA 24064


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