Dale Everett Worker (1930 - 2017)

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Dale Everett Worker, 86, formerly of Fayette County, passed away on May 28, 2017, under hospice care in Burley, Idaho.
Despite his Alzheimer's, Dale remained a gentle, kind and appreciative soul. His family found it comforting when his caretakers said, "We can tell who he was by who he is now."
Dale was born Aug. 17, 1930, on a farm in Hurricane Township, the son of Everett and Beatrice (Mitchell) Worker.
Dale's family later lived in and near Ramsey, and some of his relatives still do.
Dale married Jean Wiss of Vera in 1950, and they moved to Peoria, where they both worked at Caterpillar, and had their first child. In 1952, Dale took his family to Northern California to visit his Uncle Jesse and Aunt Belva (Mitchell) Weaver. Dale and Jean fell in love with redwood country, so with the exception of the cabinetry and the fireplace, they built their own home and raised four children in Klamath.
Dale worked in the timber industry as a sawmill worker, planer operator, green chain worker, scaler, water, oil and dump truck driver, and finally, heavy equipment operator, using bulldozers, road graders and a Caterpillar DW-20 scraper to build logging roads. In addition to family, hunting, fishing, travel, the Masonic Lodge and Shriners were important parts of Dale's life.
In March 2015, Dale and Jean celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They moved to Idaho in May, and in October, Dale lost his beloved wife and "Buddy." This, undoubtedly, hastened his decline.
Survivors include: his sister, Genevieve Harris of Ramsey; daughter Karen Dimtroff (John) of Issaquah, Wash.; son, Randall Worker (AeChong) of Yelm, Wash.; daughter Kolleen Reeves (partner Mark) of Crescent City, Calif.; and daughter, Karla Jesse (Joe) of Rupert, Idaho. Dale has five grandchildren: Justin Reeves (Angela) of N.M., Didi Green (James) of Texas, Judy Monhollen (Paul) of Wash., Rochelle Osterhout (Kevin) of Idaho and Lorenza Paulson (Jayme) of Idaho. And, for the past several years, Dale's greatest joys were his 10 great-grandchildren: Jonathan and Annabeth Monhollen; Joey, Natalie, Lorilei and Norah Osterhout; and Kayden, Harper, Greysen and Jasper Paulson.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean (2015), and two grandchildren: Jonathan Worker (2002) and Renee Jesse (2010).
Services were held for Dale at the Ebenezer Congregational Church in Paul, Idaho, on Aug. 3, and a memorial will be held in Crescent City, Calif., at a later date. Then, some of Dale and his wife Jean's ashes will be interred together in the Masonic section of the Ward Memorial Cemetery, just across the border in Brookings, Ore. The remainder will continue Dale and Jean's adventuresome life together by flying away on the winds from atop Red Mountain near their home in Klamath.

Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 14 to Aug. 23, 2017