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Dale Rovere

Dale Herndon Rovere

March 15, 1927 - June 15, 2020
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Dale H. Rovere was born March 15, 1927, to Joseph and Florence (Eikenberry) Rovere in Lusk, WY. Dale was the second of six children. Dale attended school in Lead and later a one-room school in Boulder Canyon where he was the drummer in the band along with his siblings. Dale’s family later moved to a ranch near Bear Butte, where he graduated from Sturgis High School and distinguished himself by climbing the rope to the gymnasium ceiling feet first.
Dale eventually met his sweetheart, Donna Bruner “Bev,” and married her in 1947. Dale and Bev had a very loving marriage that lasted 64 years. Dale never missed a kiss goodbye before heading to work in the morning and received another kiss as soon as he returned home. Dale and Bev had three children: Dale Russell “Rusty,” Christine “Chris,” and Debra “Debbie.” Dale and Bev lived in Deadwood and Winner in the early years of their marriage where he began his long career in the tire industry.
In 1962, Dale bought Eddie Rypkema’s commercial truck and tire business and began his own tire sales and retreading company, Dale’s Tire & Retreading, in Deadwood. The business moved to Rapid City in 1974, where he worked diligently to support his family alongside his son and two grandsons until 2017. Dale’s love of aviation began in the early 1970s when he spent countless hours studying to get his pilot license. Dale enjoyed spending time with his flying buddies at the Sturgis airport until the age of 80. Dale is remembered for always being a happy, kind man, whistling away, and telling jokes even in his later days. Dale enjoyed fast cars, primarily Chevys and Cadillacs, bird watching, and towing his grandkids around his expansive yard with a tractor. On Saturday nights, you could find Dale polishing his vehicles until they sparkled while he listened to Saturday Night Gold on the radio. Dale loved Bev so much that even after her death, he never took his wedding ring off. Dale never forgot the first time he met Bev and how stunning she looked in a red dress.
Dale, 93, of Black Hawk, SD, died June 15, 2020, at his home.
Survivors include three children: Rusty (Jane) Rovere of Rapid City, Chris Rovere (Paul Giffin) of Rapid City, and Debbie Rovere of Reno, NV; grandchildren, Todd (Beth) Rovere of Rapid City, Amy (Darin) Scherer French of Summerset, Michael Rovere of Rapid City, Anthony Murray of Reno, NV, Jennifer (Kyle) Sobota of Shakopee, MN, and Austin (Janine) Bachman of Tokyo, Japan; great-grandchildren, Kai, Téa, and Everlie Jerke, Emily and Kaylee Rovere, Halo and Tripp Murray, and Luca Bachman; and siblings, Joe (Vicki) Rovere of Rapid City, and Fred (Sharon) Rovere of Columbus, OH.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Florence; sister, Arlene; brothers, Norris and Edward; and loving wife, Bev.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
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Donna Perez

Posted at 06:39pm
Everyone should be lucky enough to work for a man like Dale Rovere. During my time at Dale's Tire, I never saw him angry or upset. He was always happy, smiling and contented in his life. Through years of hard work, he had earned the right to come and go as he pleased, but he was always at work each day. He was a special man and a joy to work for and with. Blessings to all of the Rovere family, you have lost a great man. May he rest in peace. Donna Perez
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Marie Pederson

Posted at 05:43pm
Want to send my sincere condolences to Rusty, Mike, Todd and families from Marie Pederson.
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Micheal Pruss

Posted at 04:40pm
Whether while working a few summers at Dale’s Tire or visiting Brennan in the office, I’ll never forget the fond memories of talking with Dale. He was always a gentleman and a vibrant, friendly person. He’s the kind of man who makes an impact on your life in ways you can’t really explain, and don’t really realize until it’s too late to say thank you. He will be missed by so many, myself included, I have no doubt. Condolences to the entire family.
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Bill Stone

Posted at 01:28pm
My sincere condolences to all the Family of Dale, a remarkable man. My memories go back to those good old days in Deadwood. Then most recently was pleasantly surprised when we reacquainted in Rapid City. I was in awe that he was still working daily and sharp as he recalled many memories. Truly a life to Celebrate!🇺🇸
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Cal Erhart

Posted at 11:08am
We are so sorry to hear about Dale passing. I remember when he had the shop in Deadwood and they would bring tires to my Dad's in Spearfish for the school buses. Then all the time in Rapid though out the years. What a great individual is gone here.
May God be your strength during this time and the memories of this man live in you forever. He will be missed by many.

Cal Erhart
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