Hundreds attend funeral service of Lincoln man and Korean War veteran Dale Quick
A Lincoln veteran with no living family members in Nebraska was honored and buried Monday morning.
Hundreds of people came to pay their respect and lay him to rest.
91–year–old Dale Quick was a Korean War veteran.
Originally, the funeral home asked for support from the community.
Even with the help of social media, no one could have predicted the turnout Monday morning.
Hundreds of people turned out to give a veteran a proper goodbye.
Dale Quick didn't have any surviving family in the state.
So the people of Lincoln decided to pay their respects and not let Quick's name be so easily forgotten.
"We wanted to make sure that he knew he still had family, even if they weren't biological," said Jody Schmale, Commander of the American Legion Riders.
Around 50 bikers and flag carriers were seen guiding a path for Quick's casket.
Jody Schmale says seeing so many community members here was a surprise.
"The community who never knew this individual, but because he wore that uniform and was willing to write that check and put his foot on that line. It really says that they support what our veterans and our military do."
Many took to social media to get the word out about the funeral.
Governor Ricketts and senator Ben Sasse even attended.
"I think what it shows is that Lincoln is a very caring community and they want to honor our veterans and even for someone they don't know like Dale Quick, to come and pay their last respects, to say that we appreciate the men and women who put on that uniform, and we want to show our respect," said Governor Pete Ricketts.
Quick was an army Korean War veteran.
He served from 1947 to 1955.
For the past few years Quick was living with the help of hospice community care.
"He became a friend, I've really enjoyed taking care of him. He never talked much about his service, but he did tell me that he didn't like me to touch his feet because he got frost bite sitting in a fox hole," said Barb Dethlefs, Quick's caregiver for the past four years.
Dethlefs believes Quick would have been surprised to see the turnout Monday.
And she thinks he deserves the attention.
"He was just very cheerful, he never was mean or angry, he always had a laugh for you. It didn't matter what you were talking about, he always had something to say," said Dethlefs.
Dethlefs also said that, due to the social media outreach, five extended members of Quick's family did make it to the ceremony today from Kansas.