Dale Downing – UPDATE


Memorial services for 84-year old Dale Downing of Gordon, NE, will be held Saturday, June 17th, at 10:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gordon. 

Dale had requested that any service for him be held in the summer.

Visitation is Wednesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 15, from 4- 7:00 at Dale’s home, 1954 660th Road, Gordon, NE. 

Dale asked that anyone wanting to make a memorial gift to do so to the Nebraska Children’s Home be.

Cards and letters may be sent to Scott Downing, 717 North Main Street, Gordon NE 69343

Online condolences may be left at

Dale Downing was born in Gordon on April 1st, 1938, to Fern (Macaully) and Walter Downing. A beloved father and husband, and friends with everyone in the community, he passed away quietly on January 24th, 2023, in Gordon.

Dale grew up on the family ranch in Cherry County and attended the Pioneer School and Gordon High School, where he was an All-State Football tight end for the Broncs. He graduated in 1955.

After joining the US Post Office in 1956, Dale was drafted and served two years in the US Army with the 3rd Infantry at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. 

After marrying Ann Osborn of Hay Springs, NE, he returned home in 1959 and returned as well to the Post Office, where he stayed until he retired in 1994 after 35 years of service.

Dale was an avid fisherman and hunter and knew every inch of Sheridan and Cherry County like the back of his hand. 

Most days after his retirement, if the weather was nice and many that it wasn’t, would find him at a local lake in his boat, fishing with longtime friends, sharing stories about the best place to catch a Crappie, or the big one that got away.

Dale spent many years in conservation activities around the country. As part of Pheasants Forever, he raised game birds for the State of Nebraska, releasing thousands of birds around the country. He planted thousands of trees, donating his time and equipment to bring green to the area. 

Dale mentored FFA and 4H kids, taught Hunter’s Safety, and supported the High School athletic teams. He never missed a home football game, parking at the north end of the field, listening to KSDZ give the play-by-play.

At 6 am, 10 am, and 3 pm, you could find Dale having coffee with ‘the guys’, a tradition that started in the 1950s. The location changed a few times over the decades, but the same faces were always there. They would talk about the weather, cattle prices, sports scores, and rib each other over good-natured jokes.

In December of 2022, he fell ill with the flu. When his symptoms would not go away, Dale went to a doctor’s appointment on Jan 10th where it was found that he had late-stage cancer in the kidney, back, and colon.

Dale chose not to take treatments and went into hospice care at Countryside Manor in Gordon. He passed away in the early morning of January 24th, two weeks after his diagnosis. His family and friends were at his bedside at the end.

His passing leaves a great emptiness in the hearts of the many that knew him and he will be sadly missed.

Dale is survived by his brother Dwain Downing, his daughter Julie Abold of Ft Collins, his son Scott of Gordon, and Grandchildren Skyler Downing, Jacob and Megan Downing, Matthew Downing, Michael Downing, and great-granddaughter Jubilee Downing along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Dale Downing.

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