Dale Leroy “Butchie” Gish, 73, died Tuesday (Sept. 7) at Vanderbilt Medical Center. in Nashville, Tenn.
Gish partnered with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) on the production of the national weekly cable television RV travel series, “Wish You Were Here,” starring Kenny and Donna Price, on The Nashville Network (TNN) in the mid-1980s.
“Dale was a smart businessman and very creative person who helped RVIA and the RV industry make one of its first major forays into national television. Long before we had Go RVing ads running on 30 or so networks, ‘Wish You Were Here’ was RVIA’s centerpiece marketing initiative. It was a fun show and it laid the groundwork for so much more to come,” said Gary LaBella, RVIA’s vice president and chief marketing officer, who spent many weeks on the road producing the show with Gish in 1986-88.
According to the Nashville Tennessean, Gish loved planes, trains, boats, automobiles and Corgis. Among his other ventures, he was a founder of Gish, Sherwood & Friends (GS&F), board member of The Minnie Pearl Foundation, member of Cedar Creek Yacht Club, member of Sarasota Yacht Club and he was proud of his association with Camping World.
Gish is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Gish; son, Jeff Gish and his wife, Vicky; daughter, Shelly Hinton and her husband, Joe; sisters, Carol Polson, and Evelyn McKibben and her husband, Dale; grandchildren, Ashley Gish and Alex Hinton, and soon to be born grandson, Christopher Cole Hinton. He is also survived by Charlie, Louie and Skipper, his beloved Corgis.
A celebration of Gish’s life will be held at Friday afternoon in Dignity Hall at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home in Nashville, with Barry Smith presiding. The family suggests boating or casual attire.