The life of Dale Glazier
Dale Wayne Glazier was born on August 15, 1967, to the parents of Tom and Cheryl “Shortie” Glazier in Okarche, OK. He was a Christian man and went to his heavenly home on June 6, 2023, at 12:01am. He was the very proud big brother of Stacy and Kyle. He grew up on their family farm in Loyal, OK. He attended Lomega Public Schools where he graduated in 1985. He attended Oklahoma State University and got his degree in Agricultural Education.
He began his teaching career at Thomas High School in 1990. He grew that program that was on probation to one of the most successful FFA programs in the state. He taught with many great ag teachers including Jim Maddox, Ryan Burns and Brian Skidgel. He learned so much from each of them. But more importantly was the impact he made on each of his students at Thomas-Fay-Custer.
He met the love of his life Lori Nemecek at the Oklahoma Junior Livestock Show (now OYE). He would wink at her every time he walked by her. She remembers he walked by her a bunch! They saw each other at a couple of other pig sales, and he brought his ag students all the way to eastern Oklahoma for a pig show. He didn’t talk much to her…just winked, which was weird, since we all know how much he liked to talk! He finally got the courage to call her dad, Wyman, and ask if he could take her out on a date. Her dad called Mike Witt, to find out what kind of guy he was. Mr. Witt replied…” none better!” They were married on June 26, 1993 (almost 30 years).
In June 2000, they moved back home to Omega, OK where he took the ag teacher job for Lomega. This meant the world to him as he followed his mentor, friend, teacher and second dad, Mike Witt. In March of 2001, they had their first daughter Whitney Ragan. She was born just hours after the OYE hog show ended. Lori sat in the bleachers all day knowing it was time…but didn’t tell him, because she knew he had to help his students with their show animals. In March 2005, Rylee Hope was born. Dale of course was at the cattle show in Enid and had to make a flying trip to get to the hospital in OKC. The girls were destined to be ‘stock show’ kids since they were both born during one. Whitney has his determination to work until the job is done, a heart for little kids, animals, and farming… and her love of Dr. Pepper. Rylee has his ability to not meet a stranger, talk to anyone, write, and be competitive…and his stubbornness. He was so very proud of them.
In 2010, Dale decided it was best for him to be a full-time farmer. This was a very hard decision as he loved teaching and his students. But farming had his heart. The girls were heavily involved in showing livestock and he wanted his attention to be for them. But he never stopped caring for students.
Dale had a true passion for the FFA and the agriculture industry. While teaching he accomplished several things. At Thomas he had a class that had 13 state FFA degree recipients in one year…that broke a state record. A lot of those same students were state and national proficiency winners, a National Star Farmer Finalist and one state officer. He also had a student that had the Grand Champion Barrow at the Oklahoma Junior Livestock show in 1993. His students had several class winners and champions at all levels of competition. At Lomega, he continued their success with proficiencies and livestock shows. All the awards and recognition didn’t really matter to Dale. His sole focus was on his students and tried to teach them to be all that they can be.
Dale will be remembered most for his laugh, jokes, and the ability to tease and encourage at the same time. A friend to anyone he met, a big procrastinator, always on the phone to someone he loved and the last one to leave to make sure everyone got their stuff loaded up. People gave him many names including Glazier, Howie, Uncle Dale and Super Dale. But a title Dale was most proud of was ‘Daddy’.
Dale is survived by his wife Lori, and daughters Whitney and Rylee. Father Tom Glazier of Loyal, OK. Brother, Stacy Glazier of Loyal, OK and his children, Cody and wife Destinee, Cali and husband Gage, Trey and Rhett, brother Kyle Glazier and wife Sheri, of Loyal, OK and their children Kol and Gentri. In-laws, Wyman and Karen Nemecek of Guthrie, OK, and brother in-law Jeff Nemecek and wife Carla of Iola, KS, and their children Brody and Kyser. Along with several cousins and their children that called him ‘Uncle Dale”.
He was proceeded in death by his mother, Cheryl “Shortie” Glazier, grandparents Marvin and Eileen (Garms) Glazier, and Lesly and Lena (Pope) Wehrenberg. Uncles Leslie Glazier, Gary Glazier, Phil Wehrenberg and Jeff Littlefield, and Aunt Susie Wehrenberg.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 9, 10am at the Lomega High School Gym, followed by interment at the Forest Home cemetery in Loyal. Lunch will be provided for friends, guests & family after, at the Lomega High School.
In lieu of flowers, a fund will be established at the Oklahoma FFA Foundation to honor him. We want to establish an award that will go towards the FFA Proficiency program. The link to donate is https://bit.ly/45KtjNf There is a box where you can put Dale Glazier to indicate what it is for.
You can also send checks to:
Oklahoma FFA Foundation
1500 W. 7th
Stillwater, OK. 74074
Indicate “Dale Glazier” on the check.