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Dale Carver died on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his home in Sellersville, PA, where he had resided for 38 years. He was 73 years old. Dale was the oldest son of the late Herman and Margaret (Moyer) Carver of Telford, PA. Dale was known as "Deacon" throughout his school years and graduated from Souderton High School in 1959. Dale was employed by Provident Tradesmen's Bank & Trust Company of Sellersville as a teller; then by Hoffman's Dairy in Telford as a bookkeeper; and then by Clemens Markets as a Systems Administrator for 31 years, working at their headquarters in Lansdale and later on in Kulpsville. He retired from Clemens in 2001 after undergoing a heart valve replacement and multiple strokes. Dale suffered from Parkinson's Disease for over 20 years and has donated his body to science for research. Dale was an avid baseball fan and followed the Philadelphia Phillies up to his death; even during their leanest years. He enjoyed listening to the Phillies on the radio, watching them on television and going to the games in person when he could. He enjoyed recalling his meeting and speaking with Robin Roberts and Curt Simmons. He also loved trains and took great delight in his model trains. In addition to his love of baseball and trains, Dale loved a good joke and was known for his pranks and telling jokes, some repeatedly! He also enjoyed music, most especially Southern Gospel music and Bill and Gloria Gaither. He sang for many years in the choirs of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Telford, and St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, Perkasie. Dale also served as a Deacon and then Elder on St. Andrew's Consistory and as St. Andrew's Treasurer for many years. He also served as a Sunday School teacher at both churches. Dale loved his country, displayed its flag, and although not a Veteran himself, always took the time to call some Veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans' Day to thank them for their service. He also made a point of calling family, friends and church members on their birthday and wedding anniversary. Dale's Christmas gag gift, the game Farkle, became a daily passion for him and his friends and caregivers. Such great excitement and laughter during play! Dale met, fell in love with, and eventually married Frieda Diane Schaefer, of Perkasie, PA. The couple was married at St. Andrew's U.C.C. on August 11, 1973 and celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013. As Dale's health declined, Diane became his caregiver. The couple could be found eating breakfast and reading the Bible together every morning. The couple has one son, Jason, of whom Dale was so very proud. Dale always looked forward to visits by his grandsons, Silas and Isaiah Carver, and granddaughter, Maggie Joy Carver. Though his declining health left Dale limited in mobility, his grandchildren's energy seemed to rub off on him each time they were together! Dale welcomed many visitors to his home. He was blessed by those whom he knew and sought to be a blessing to them. He also found hope and comfort in his Savior, Jesus Christ, especially during his physical sufferings. Dale is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Suzie; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Stephanie Carver, of Pennsburg, PA; five grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Betsy Carver, of Waterville, ME, and their daughters, Donna, Karin, Amy and Linda. Family and friends are expressly invited to attend Dale's Memorial Service at Penn Valley Church, 320 N. Third Street, Telford, PA, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A receiving line will take place at Penn Valley from 4:00 to 6:00 PM that day with a celebration of Dale's life to follow in the sanctuary at 6:00 PM. A meal will be shared following the service in the Fellowship Hall of Penn Valley. If possible, Diane and Jason ask that you wear any item you might have that is red in color. Red is the color of celebration within the Church, and also happens to be Dale's favorite color. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Grand View Hospice, 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville, PA 18960-1548, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, or the Penn Valley Church Benevolence Fund, 320 North Third Street, Telford, PA 18969. Arrangements are by the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie, PA. www.suessfuneralhome.net
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on July 6, 2014
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