Richard Dempsey

Richard Dempsey

Richard L. “Dick” Demp-sey, 78, of Sioux City, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from complications following surgery.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life service is tentatively scheduled for June 28 at the Elks Lodge. Condolences may be sent to Kaye Dempsey.

Richard Dempsey was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Canton, OH, the son of Lyle and Lois (Simons) Dempsey. He graduated from Elk Point High School in 1959.

He married his high school sweetheart, Kaye Girard, June 25, 1960 in Elk Point. The couple had resided in Sioux City for the past 59 years.

Throughout the course of his life, Mr. Dempsey worked as a manager in the food-produce industry. He was employed with National Foods, Loe’s Market, Rosenthal’s and Braunger’s.

In 2009, he sustained spinal cord injuries which left him confined to a wheelchair. While these injuries left him with many obstacles in life, one thing that never wavered was his enthusiasm in cheering for his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers. During football season, you could always hear him chant his three favorite words, “Go Big Red.” He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Prior to his spinal cord injuries, he enjoyed dancing with his wife, playing in local pool leagues, fishing, boating, listening to country music and telling jokes. His family and friends will fondly remember his outgoing personality and infectious smile.

Mr. Dempsey was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge, where he served three terms as governor.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kim Janney (Pat) of Sioux City, Kari (Gene) Pearson of Flower Mound, TX and Kelly Kuehl of Sioux City; three granddaughters; a brother, Craig (Cindy) Dempsey of Omaha; a brother-in-law, David (Jean) Girard of Elk Point; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Raymond and Mae Girard.