William Donald "Bill" Dale, 90, was born March 30, 1922 in Denver, Colorado, and passed away September 12, 2012. He died at home, surrounded by family and caring caregivers. Shortly after birth, his family returned to Elmer, Missouri where he grew up. In the small town of Elmer, the Dale Building is the skyscraper; a two story brick building that was the family's mercantile store in the early 1900's.
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He served in the United States Air Force and was a navigator in World War II. Before going off to war, he came to Ellington Field for training. While stationed there, he met and married Vira Dell McRee Dale. After the war, he returned to Houston. In April 1947, his father in law F. B. McRee established McRee Ford in Dickinson where he joined the organization. During the early years, he attended night school for seven years, achieving a degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Mr. Dale served as President of McRee Ford from 1984 until October 2010.
Mr. Dale was instrumental in the forming of the Rotary Club of Dickinson, and was the last surviving charter member. During his service to the Rotary Club of Dickinson, he was a Rotary District 5910 Roll of Fame honoree and held many leadership positions.
Known as "G Daddy", he was a guiding force in the lives of family and friends, and influenced the lives of many employees, friends and others over his life and career. He was an active member of the Methodist Church in Dickinson for over 65 years.
Bill Dale is survived by his wife of 68 years, Vira Dell Dale, son Mitchell Dale and wife Dianne, son Michael Dale, granddaughter Molly Dale Crow and her husband Dain, grandson Carter Dale and wife Kari, great grandsons Carson and Cooper Crow, and great granddaughter Natalie Dale. The family acknowledges the loving care and attention given him by his caregivers these past years.
Pallbearers are Carter Dale, Dain Crow, Carl Dyess, Mark Webster, Cecil Henry, and Dr. Mike Magliolo. Honorary Pallbearers are the Employees of McRee Ford and other related companies.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his memory to be made to
of the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, 77030-2008, First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 200 FM 517 West, Dickinson 77539, or M. I. Lewis Social Service Center,
P. O. Box 1542, Dickinson 77539.
In honor of William Dale, McRee Ford will be closed until Noon on Saturday, September 15. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 14 at First United Methodist Church of Dickinson. The services will be at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday September 15 at the First United Methodist Church of Dickinson with burial services following at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.
Crowder Funeral Home
851 FM 517 Rd. W
Dickinson, TX 77539
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 14, 2012