Rick Dettmann, 54, of Falls City, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 at Union Township, PA, as a result of a construction accident. Authorities say Dettman, who worked for Regency Energy Partners, was using a bulldozer that rolled over after going down an incline.

His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 20th and Towle Streets, with Rev. Andrew Chavanak officiating. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery at Salem. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home, Falls City. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to Family Choice.

Rick was born on Nov. 21, 1960 at Humboldt to the late Charles and Shirley (Dean) Dettmann. He was raised at Salem, attended Salem School and graduated from Dawson-Verdon High School in 1980. During high school, Rick worked for Lynn Whitten; following graduation, he worked for Jerry Wilhelm and then as a heavy equipment mechanic for Peter Kiewit, of Omaha. 

On March 14, 1981, he married June Wilhelm at Falls City. The couple established their home in rural Salem. After working for Kiewit, Rick worked for Donnie Stevens as a heavy equipment operator, then as a welder for MAC in Sabetha, KS, then did bulldozing for Greg Fischer and worked for different pipeline companies. He was working for Price Gregory Pipeline at the time of his death.

Rick was a member of the Verdon Christian Church, Falls City Elks Lodge, Local Union 571, Falls City Volunteer Rural Fire Dept. and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, June, of Falls City; daughter, Amanda (Sean) Linstrom, of Columbus; son, Greg Dettmann (and fiance, Laci Boltz), of Falls City; brothers, Tom (Barb) Dettmann, of Humboldt, and Terry (Dollie) Dettmann, of Arnold, MO; two grandchildren.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

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