Richard Dyke Newcomer, Jr.

Richard Dyke Newcomer, Jr.

July 28, 1936 – January 7, 2020


Dyke was born on July 28, 1936 in Omaha, Nebraska, the oldest son of Marilyn and Richard Newcomer.

Preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Stephen.  Survived by wife, Barbara; sons, Rick (Tammy) and Nate Hammond (Sara), daughter, Susan Newcomer Miller; sister, Kathryn Newcomer (Dan Sheehan); six grandchildren: Stephanie Clifford (Chris), Reid Newcomer, Bretton Miller, Brianna, Nellie and Lydia Hammond; three great-grandsons; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A graduate of Omaha Central High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dyke returned to Omaha to join the family business and married JoAnn Haas in 1958.  A lifelong Nebraskan, Dyke spent his professional career in the casket business supplying funeral homes throughout the upper Midwest with “boxes” large and small.  Active in the Omaha Cosmopolitan Club, a member of the College World Series Board of Directors and a longtime member of the Happy Hollow Club.  Dyke was an enthusiastic supporter of Omaha businesses and restaurants.

In 1991 Dyke married the love of his life Barbara, and the two made their home in Omaha, spending winters among friends in California.  An avid golfer, card shark, a voracious reader and philatelist, Dyke was known from Huron, SD to Palm Desert, CA for his infectious smile and laugh, love of Westerns, Country Music and weakness for sour cream raisin pie.

Family will receive friends Friday, January 10th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, January 11th, 10am, West Center Chapel.  INTERMENT: Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Dementia Society of America.




  • Craig and Melissa Marshall Posted January 8, 2020 11:20 am

    Going to miss that Smart A**, that grin will stay with us all Forever! Now he and Dean Marshall can get into trouble together on the other side, I’m sure Dad has all the hot spots figured out! Our thoughts are with you Rick and family. Craig and Melissa, Linsey and Quinn, Christie Matt and Makenzie, Kelley Alex and Emma, Joely and Reid.

  • Donald Acri Posted January 8, 2020 11:07 pm

    I am sending my condolences to his and family.

  • Steven Doscher Posted January 9, 2020 5:54 am

    I will always remember Dyke through the Nelson-Berger years. He was always a friendly face that came to
    visit and almost always had a truck load of caskets that were in a wreck and needed to be sold at a great
    discount. Bless be his memory and sympathies to the Family.

  • Lisa (Horning) Mertensotto Posted January 9, 2020 9:46 am

    Dyke was such a big part of my family’s life when we were growing up in Omaha, NE. He was one of my parent’s closest friends and we would spend lots of time at each others’ houses and go on family trips together over the years. .Dyke had a wonderful sense of humor and loved being the life of the party in those days.. I will remember him this way with love, laughter and joy in his heart.. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and I pray for peace & comfort for them during this sad time. With love, Lisa

  • Lloyd and Jeanne Gerdes Posted January 9, 2020 12:19 pm

    Dyke was an important part of our funeral home as he supplied our caskets. He was also a great friend and we had many super times together. The golf outings were always memorable. May he be playing some great courses. We send our sincere sympathy to Barbara and all of his family.

  • Paul Burket Posted January 9, 2020 4:13 pm

    Dyke and I met in the early 70’s. I watched him from far and near. Dyke was the deciding factor for me joining the Artco Casket Company back in 1985. It’s been said that only memories last longer and you sure left a lot of them. Rest in peace OLD FRIEND.

  • Tammy Kerr (SD Funeral Directors Assn) Posted January 10, 2020 9:28 am

    Our sincerest sympathy to all of Dyke’s family and friends. He was a long time supporter and friend to the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association and will be greatly missed.

    Tammy Kerr, Executive Director
    SD Funeral Directors Assn.

  • Doug Nohava Posted January 10, 2020 10:10 am

    Dyke was our salesman for many years. We always enjoyed his visits and the time we got to spend together at conventions. Sympathies to his entire family.
    Doug Nohava, Manager
    Minnehaha Funeral Homes, South Dakota

  • Mary Jo Howe Posted January 11, 2020 8:27 am

    Rick-So very sorry to hear about your dad.

    Mary Jo Howe
    Iles Funeral Homes
    Des Moines, Iowa

  • Scott Gray Posted January 11, 2020 7:16 pm

    Dyke was one of a kind, and always lit up the room when he was around. My condolences to Rick and the family,

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