Robert Dale Lucado

July 21, 1950February 20, 2012

Robert Dale Lucado passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on July 21, 1950, he and his family moved to Newport News in 1952.

Dale was quite active from an early age. He was a Cub Scout, a paperboy, as well as a member of the Boys Club. Sports came easily to Dale. He enjoyed participating in Parkview Little League Baseball. His attraction to football began also with Parkview, as Dale was a member of the Pee Wee Football team. In later years Dale would be named Co-Captain of the 1967 NNHS football team. He was always so proud of his letterman's jacket. Dale's athletic ability extended into other areas, such as surfing. He enjoyed surfing with the guys at Hatteras before surfing was even in vogue. Dale also enjoyed dancing and with this came his passion for music that lasted his entire life. Being artistically inclined in other areas, Dale's charcoal drawings are remembered vividly.

After proudly graduating a Typhoon from NNHS in 1968, Dale worked for C & P Telephone as a lineman. Later that same year he married Barbara A. Lucado and together they shared the blessing of daughter Robbie, whom Dale loved unconditionally.

In 1971 Dale was injured in the Alumni Thanksgiving Day Football game between Newport News High and Hampton High. Not daunted by his own paralysis, Dale worked with special needs children, participated in Special Olympics, and coached girls' softball. For the next four decades Dale was lovingly cared for by his devoted mother, Willie. He greatly enjoyed his family and friends. Dale brought joy to all. He was truly an inspiration. It was not unusual for Dale to put the needs of others before his own.

Dale was preceded in death by his father, Robert Marsh Lucado.

He is survived by his mother, Willie Powell Lucado; daughter, Roberta Lucado Curnutte and husband, Robert; sisters, Gail Lucado Phelps, twin, Donna Lucado Dudley and husband George, and Pamela Lucado Phaup; nieces and nephews, Josh Phelps, Ardith Nichols Smith, Ryan Dudley, Erin Dudley, Jeremy Phaup, and Courtney Phaup; and former wife, Barbara Lucado.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Riverside Rehabilitation Institute on Chesapeake Avenue for the wonderful care and compassion given to Dale.

A celebration of Dale's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, in Newport News.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be given in the form of a donation to Boys and Girls Club of VA Peninsula, 11825 Rock Landing Drive, Suite B, Newport News, Virginia 23606.


Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Peyton Clark

March 23, 2012

Gail, Donna, I just heard the news.
It's always hard to lose a family member, and with Dale's passing we all have. A constant force in locating classmates for the reunions, his presence will be missed at the next one. But I know his spirit... and his Typhoon spirit... will always be there with us.
I've read these many pages of comments: he made a difference in so many lives. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all touch so many the way he did.
Blessings and hugs to you all.

March 8, 2012

my sympathy is with all of you,
Sheryl fineman

Jon Scott

March 7, 2012

I would like to offer my condolences to the Lucado family on the passing of my CAPTAIN. The obituary in Sunday's paper was a fitting tribute that brought back many memories. Sincerely Jon Scott NNHS'68

Sheila Majka

March 4, 2012

Donna, George, Ryan and Erin...please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Dale. Donna, in all the years I have known you, I never realized that you were Dale's sister. I know that you will miss him very much.

Fred Malpass

March 1, 2012

My condolences go out to Dales family even though it has been forty years since I have seen him he will be missed. I do remember going to church,school and the boys Club with Dale in my early years along with packing the car up and heading to Nags Head and Hatteras to surf back when the boards were 8'. I am sorry to have missed out on the passed 40 years of his life.

March 1, 2012

We just found out and are so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg and Blythe

Kathy Cooper

March 1, 2012

Wonderful tribute to Dale on Saturday. 500 or more people attended his funeral and reception. So many people loved Dale and admired his courage. He will be deeply missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. May Dale rest in peace.

Bob Chisom

February 28, 2012

Dale, life threw you a vicious hit at such at early age, but you always made the best of it. So sorry to see you go. You were loved by many. Now that you've left behind your old body, you can once again run down the field forever.

Sharon Keefe

February 28, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. May God comfort you in this time. He will be missed by many.

Carolyn Norris (Lee)

February 28, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. My heart goes out to all the Lucado family. Dale always made me laugh and his spirit will live on in all of us that loved him.