Dale H. Durthaler

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DURTHALER Dale H. Durthaler, "My Pal Dale", age 81, of Columbus, died June 27, 2010 surrounded by his family at OSU Medical Center. Preceded in death by his parents Henry J. Durthaler and Marie (Knoblauch) Durthaler. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly (Berger) Durthaler; his 11 children, Cathy (Jeff) Mathias, Rebecca Durthaler, Judy (Joe) Crnkovich, Debbie (Mike) George, Dale J. Durthaler, Douglas (Sandy) Durthaler, Lisa (Ken) Elflein, Gregory (Michele) Durthaler, Jeffrey (Lisa) Durthaler, Julie Durthaler, Gretchen Durthaler; 22 grandchildren, Brian (Jen) Mathias, Megan Mathias, Tiffany (Eamon) Hunter and Gregory Gillespie, Chad, Eric, Andrew Crnkovich, Emily, Jillian, Daniel Durthaler, Cory, Allison, Brooke Durthaler, Christopher, Matthew, Heather, Patrick Elflein, Matthew, Anna Durthaler, Ashlee, Kayla, Joshua Durthaler; three sisters, Janet Holt, Joanne DeMatteo, Carol Connell; many nieces and nephews; and life-long family friends, Leonard and Ruth Janisch. Dale was born on May 3, 1929 and graduated from Aquinas High School. He was president and CEO of Durthaler Organ & Piano Sales, Inc., Columbus' oldest operating organ and piano store. In 2006, his business was recognized with the National Association of Music Merchants Milestone Award for 80 years of service in the music products industry. Dale got his start in the business by rebuilding and repairing pipe organs. The business was founded by his father who acquired the company from former Columbus Mayor Henry F. Worley in 1927. From the 1950s through the 70s he was known throughout the state for his service and rebuilding work of many church and theatre pipe organs, including the Ohio Theatre organ. In 1971 he was one of the principal sponsors of The Early Show with Flippo the Clown (Bob Marvin), who became a longtime friend. Dale was a member of the Columbus Maennerchor, National Association of Music Merchants, American Theatre Organ Society, Southeast Lions Club, Optimist Club, NRA, and a longtime parishioner at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. His greatest accomplishments were his 54 years of marriage, providing for, protecting and raising his 11 children, being the world's longest franchise owner of Lowrey Organs (America's #1 selling home organ), and providing musical experiences to numerous Ohioans who ultimately became his lifelong friends. He was especially fond of the loyal customers who participate in the weekly Lowrey Organ Music and Wellness classes. An accomplished organist himself, Dale also enjoyed fine woodworking and traveling, and was especially fond of historic train rides, and cruises on the Delta Queen River Boats. His friends dubbed him "Mr. Wonderful" - and he truly was! Friends will be welcomed on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at MAEDER-QUINT-TIBERI FUNERAL HOME, 1068 South High Street. Rosary beginning at 8:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1111 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Entombment following at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. To sign and view the on-line register, visit www.MaederQuintTiberi.com.
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Maeder-Quint-Tiberi Funeral Home
1068 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 444-1185
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