Wallace Alfred Dale, 82, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at the Bridger Care & Rehab Center in Bozeman, losing his battle to cancer.
He leaves his sons, Donald (Mary) of Bemidji, Minn.; Mark (Chris) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Kelly of Prior Lake, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Kristopher, Kali, Trey, Corey, Brandon, Kayla and Alexa; sister, Barbara of Everett, Wash.; brother, Melvin of Bozeman; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Viola, father, Alfred, two brothers, William and Larry, and sister, Effie.
Born in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 11, 1930, the son of Alfred and Viola (Clark) Dale, he was a lifelong resident of Bozeman.
After graduating from High School, he joined the National Guard, where he was a Sargent, and attended cooking school in San Francisco, Calif.
Wallace married Sharon Storey in 1954 and was married again in 1970 to Shirley Martin. Wallace worked at many different jobs throughout his life, starting with delivering Telegrams for Western Union, as a baker at the Golden Crust Bakery and for a brief time, worked for the County. His love for bowling landed him a position at The Bozeman Bowl where he worked until he took the opportunity to be the Manager at Manhattan Lanes (1970-1972). From there he worked at Idaho Pole Company until his retirement in 1992. He not only took pride in his work, but truly relished the friends he made during his time working. Wallace was involved with the Fraternal Order of Eagles #326 and is a Past President. He was also a long standing member of the American Legion Post #14 where he served for many years with the Color Guard for those who served our country.
Wallace had a passion for Montana State University Athletics and was considered by some as the #1 Bobcat fan. An avid sports enthusiast, over these years, he was involved in coaching Little League, softball and is a member of the Bozeman Bowling Hall of Fame.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Bridger Care & Rehab Center and Hospice of Southwest Montana for their support and understanding during this difficult time.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24 2012 at the American Legion in Bozeman from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.