RICE LAKE, Wis. -- According to the Barron County Sheriff's Dispatch Logs, a call for assistance was received on August 24, 2017, because a man was reported to have jumped into the water near the dam. The Dispatch logs identify the man who jumped as Dale Jerome Seidler.
On March 18, 2017, DrydenWire.com reported that Dale Seidler had been reported as missing and was later found. Concerned family members of Seidler reported him missing on March 18, 2017, stating that he has always been a “wandering” type. It was reported that Seidler had then been located on March 19.
On August 24, 2017, witnesses reported seeing Seidler ride a bike off the end of the Rice Lake dock. A short time later, Rice Lake Fire Department was able to recover Seidler's body from the water.
Attempts to revive Seidler were unsuccessful. No foul play is suspected.
Nicole Richardson, daughter of the now deceased Seidler posted on Facebook the following:
It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of Dale Jerome Seidler. Dale was 49 years old born 3/12/1968. He died on August 24 around 6:30 PM EST. He was believed to be intoxicated and rode his bicycle into a raging river. I know the details are rough but do not let him be known by that. He was a strong man who survived with the diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Mental illness is an extremely challenging trial and he endured to the very end to the best of his ability. He is a sweet wonderful man. He was known to cause trouble but that is just because of the free bird inside of him. His personality is one in five billion. He is the funniest man I know. I will be flying from NY to WI in one day notice in order to arrange his funeral. He has Medicaid health insurance to cover 2,500 of the cremation cost estimated to be 3,500. He will have tests done to determine the level of toxicity in his blood. I also would like to have a big dinner in memory of him. He never had anything nice and he deserves one final goodbye. Our favorite thing to do together was to go out to eat ! His favorite thing to do for fun was fish! He had the wrong hand dealt to him from the beginning and I'm so proud of him for how he held on so long. Donations are appreciated for my family of 5 to fly to WI as money is tight and I don't want to go alone. I think my dad deserves to know that so many cared for him.♥️ Thank you so much for the help!
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