RAPID CITY – Two credit union professionals – one with roots in the Heartland – were inducted into the Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU) Hall of Fame at the awards banquet held on May 11. The Hall of Fame honor is a lifetime achievement, and the most prestigious of all DakCU awards.
Darrell Dickhaut has worked in the credit union industry for over 25 years. A native of Redfield, Dickhaut is a military veteran who served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC during the Vietnam War. He became director of Turtle Creek FCU in 1991 and spent the next two years addressing issues that had plagued the small financial institution, including crippling delinquency. In 1997 he oversaw the construction of a new building on Main Street in Redfield, and another addition was completed in 2001. He also served on the board of the SD Credit Union League for ten years; completed CUNA School of Management in 1997; and was a top ten fundraiser for CULAC.
In 2012, Turtle Creek FCU merged into Dakotaland FCU with the support of the board and staff. Since retiring in 2015, Darrell still resides in Redfield, but now spends his days fishing, hunting and chasing his grandchildren. He and his wife Barb spend some of the coldest months in Arizona.
Dan Cumbee, former Dakotaland FCU CEO, said, “Darrell is most deserving of a Hall of Fame induction. His commitment to the credit union movement and his accomplishments over the years are extraordinary. His low-key leadership style left a lasting impression and earned the respect and admiration of many.