Eugene Dale Obituary
 
In Memory of

Eugene E Dale

December 2, 1927 - February 27, 2012
Obituary

Dale, Eugene 84, of Chandler was born December 2nd, 1927 in Loda, Illinois to Esther and Melvin Dale. Eugene received schooling in this small town until his high school graduation in 1946. He worked at the Loda General store from 1946 until 1950. In 1950, He joined the US ARMY where he served 2 years in the Korean War. He received 4 medals for services performed on behalf of our country; including the bronze star for valor. In early 1953 he was discharged from military service. He then enrolled in college in Peoria, Illinois where he earned an associate's degree in business. Shortly after coming home from Korea, he also met Rose...
Dale, Eugene
84, of Chandler was born December 2nd, 1927 in Loda, Illinois to Esther and Melvin Dale. Eugene received schooling in this small town until his high school graduation in 1946. He worked at the Loda General store from 1946 until 1950.
In 1950, He joined the US ARMY where he served 2 years in the Korean War. He received 4 medals for services performed on behalf of our country; including the bronze star for valor. In early 1953 he was discharged from military service. He then enrolled in college in Peoria, Illinois where he earned an associate's degree in business. Shortly after coming home from Korea, he also met Rose Leibouvitz; a girl he was introduced to by an army buddy. Of course it had to be his 'sister!!" But he and his buddy's 'sister' really hit it off. This relationship had matrimony written all over it; and on March 26, 1955 the two were married. Shortly after his marriage, Eugene was hired to work as a civil engineer for the United States Department of Defense at Chanute Air Force Base, in Rantoul, Illinois.
In May, 1956 their first child was born. Esther Rose. She was such a sweet little baby (NOT), that Eugene and Rose knew immediately that they wanted children; lots of them. Unfortunately, they were not successful in having more babies of their own, so they ended up constantly caring for other people's children. Then in 1963, they officially began to make their home available to shelter foster children. They immediately became very prominent in this new role; they could not say no… In fact, over the course of the next 9 years; 'mom and dad' (as they became known to so many) would shelter, protect, nurture and provide for over 50 children within the Illinois foster care system. Such was their service towards the needs of ill-well children throughout the state of Illinois, that in 1970, then-Illinois Governor Richard Ogilvie awarded Eugene and Rose Dale the outstanding foster care parents for the state of Illinois over the decade of the 1960s.
In 1966, Eugene and Rose had a second natural child; Lenora. To their anguish, this precious baby was born with complications and survived only 8 days. It was at this point that Eugene and Rose decided that they would look at adoption. In late 1966, they adopted Marjory; their very first foster child from 1963. Then In 1967, they adopted Chad. In 1971, two other foster children; sisters Kay and Leticia Bittner, also became a part of the permanent Dale household.
In February, 1973; the Eugene took a position in Arizona. His family transferred to Williams Air Force Base and effectively took up residency in Chandler. Eugene continued his work as a civil engineer until his retirement in 1985. He was credited with the mentoring and training of many servicemen who came through Eugene's department. He was always the mentor- always the provider!
I didn't meet my future father in law until 1991 while Chad and I were preparing for our wedding. I was personally moved by how quiet and reserved he was. Significantly different than my future husband! Yet he and Chad had a special kind of relationship. They were friends. I watched the pride gleaming from my soon to be husband as his dad stood as the best man at our wedding. It isn't very often you see a father be the best man at his own son's wedding. I know it was and always will be one of the most special moments in Chad's life; and mine as well. Throughout our marriage, 'dad' was always friendly and extremely loving. Even in the waning months of his life, he never lost that disposition towards me. He treated me like his daughter; not just a 'daughter-in-law'! "That was just how he rolled!!!"
Eugene will be most remembered by those who knew him as a very friendly and soft spoken man who had little trouble getting along with anybody. His courteous and outward demeanor resonated from his personality. He wasn't big on accolades or pageantry. He was a simple man. He understood the value of commitment, integrity and loyalty. He was faithful to his marriage, loyal to his friends and committed to his family.
Eugene is survived by his daughter Esther Hashagen and her husband Kenneth of Chandler; daughter Kay Gomez and her husband Tomas of Maricopa, daughter Letitia of Illinois and son Chad Dale and his wife Jacquelyn of Safford, AZ. 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Rose; daughters Marjory and Lenora; 2 sisters and one brother.

Jacquelyn Dale

"Gene will always live in my heart as the kind gentle man he was! May god bless you, Daniel and sofie....your puppy friends hov gonna miss you friend." Daniel Escalante (Chandler, AZ)

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