Father Thomas Richard "Dick" Saale, 86, a resident of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Chillicothe, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Little Sisters of the Poor, Kansas City, Mo.
Richard was born the son of Ed and Grace (Thorpe) Saale on Oct. 13, 1925, in Chillicothe, Mo. He was a 1943 graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Chillicothe. Following high school, Richard entered Conception Seminary in 1943. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of St. Joseph on May 25, 1950. In the late 50s, Fr. Saale was appointed assistant at Immaculate Conception, the German national parish in St. Joseph, Mo. He was named pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Hamilton, Mo., in 1961. In 1963, Fr. Saale was appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Kansas City, Mo. He served in Kansas City until his retirement. He served as secretary for the 16-member Board of Directors of the Heart of America Boys Club. In 1965, he encouraged the parish to begin a program designed to enable area residents who had not graduated high school to pass their GED; this program stared in Feb. 1966. Fr. Saale became pastor of Holy Cross in the late 1970s. Mayor Rihard Berkley, of Kansas City, Mo., appointed him to the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in 1979. In 1980, he was abbouped pastor of Guardian Angels parish. Fr. Saale became pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1988, where he served until his retirement in 1995.
Fr. Saale enjoyed sports growing up, especially baseball, softball, and basketball. In high school, he and his brothers learned how to box, and he was very good at it. He boxed for the Golden Gloves, where he won a Bantam weight trophy at a match in St. Joseph, Mo. In his later years, he enjoyed playing golf and cards.
Survivors include: two sisters, Rita Moling of Chillicothe and Pat Clonan of Dublin, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers — Ray, Vinnie, Ed, Jr., Jack, Bob, Jimmy, and Larry Saale.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at the St. Columban's Catholic Church, Chillicothe, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. A parish rosary will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at 7 p.m., with a family visitation to follow until 9 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, on Tuesday, from 3 until 9 p.m. Burial will be held at St. Columban's Catholic Cemetary, Chillicothe.
Memorial contributions may be left to the St. Columban's Catholic Church, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe.