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Dale D. Dale

Dale David Dale, age 61, of Spearfish, formerly of Philip, died Thursday, November 11, 2004, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 19, at Sacred Heart Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Interment will be 2:00 p.m. CST Saturday, November 20, at the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory, where he will lay at rest with his parents.

Dale David Dale was born on February 17, 1943, at Gregory, SD to Claude K. and Juanita (Strain) Dale, the fourth of their five children. In 1946, Dale moved with his family from Gregory to the Philip area.

Dale was handicapped by Down Syndrome but, despite that, had a full and happy life until just a few years ago when his cognitive abilities began to further decline with the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Dale was refused attendance at public schools since, at that time, they were not required to provide special education. At about age 12, however, his parents were able to place him for a couple of years in a private Catholic school in Chadron, NE, where Sister Victoria, a very dedicated nun, succeeded in teaching him to read and write at a basic level. By age 15, it

was apparent that Dale needed to be in a sheltered environment and he was a resident of the Redfield State Hospital and School from 1958 to 1978. He made frequent, long visits home to his parents in Philip throughout this period and often traveled with them to visit family and friends.

When the Redfield facility closed, he returned to Philip again to live with his mother until her sudden death in 1979. He then took up residence in Spearfish at the loving home of Jan and Ron Walker and became a client of the Northern Hills Training Center – a marvelous place that provided him occupation, recreation, professional oversight of his special needs, and a multitude of friends. During this time too, until his declining health prevented it, he was able to visit his family occasionally in Texas, California, Washington and Colorado and to take vacations with them when they made return visits to South Dakota.

Survivors include his brother, C.K. "Ike" Dale, of Amarillo, TX; a sister, Merry Dale Miller, of Enumclaw, WA; five nephews; four nieces; two aunts; literally dozens of cousins; and friends throughout the country.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dennis and John.

The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to Northern Hills Training Center, 625 Harvard St., Spearfish, SD 57783. Rush Funeral Chapel of Philip is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome. com