Richard (Dick) Pallach, 88, passed away peacefully, at home, with his love, Jan by his side Aug. 4, 2019.
A Memorial with military honors will be held at Kane Funeral Home, 689 Meridian St. in Sheridan, Wyoming, Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to attend the luncheon immediately following the service.
Dick was born June 4, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, to Luella and Jack Pallach. He graduated from Saint Ambrose High in 1951. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954, which included a tour of service in the Korean War. After his tour in Korea, he approached life, as he always did, with tenacity, smarts, and a great sense of humor. After a short stint at his father’s service station, he walked up the street to General Motors hoping to find a job. He was incredibly successful, becoming an instructor at GM in the Allison Transmission Division, opening training centers throughout the United States. Years later, he became a partner at Holeman GM Diesel. He broke out into an entirely different field with Tricon Metals and Services and won countless awards and achieved the honor of Salesman of the Year Award at the age of 74.
Dick was an all-around athlete, playing hockey, to football, to baseball. His one wish was to become a professional baseball player. He was an accomplished skier and was known to “ski like a bird” and also shared his love for skiing with everyone. To this day, you can easily pick out a family member he taught to ski through their grace on the slopes. For forty years he enjoyed golfing with the “Fearsome Foursome.” He never met a putt he couldn’t beat. If he had his 3 Wood in hand, his opponent better be worried.
Dick lived his life his way. Always quick to laugh and give you a flash of that big, beautiful smile. He filled it with everything he loved – Jan, family, friends, his career, and so much more. If you were lucky enough to know him, you immediately knew he cared. There wasn’t a person he met that he didn’t become friends with. His legacy is all the sweet wonderful people he’s loved and left behind. He will be forever loved and missed.
He is survived by his wife Jan Pallach, children Gina Young, Rich (Julie) Pallach, Joe Pallach, Mary (Jay) Graham, Casey Madsen, Carrie (Troy) Bice, Kip (Kathy) Madsen, Tom (Kathy) Pallach, and numerous beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sister, son Chris Pallach, and two grandchildren.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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