AMHERST - Estel Dale Cary, 84 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Lorain Specialty Care Hospital following a brief illness.
Dale was born July 5, 1929, in Clearwater, Nebraska, where he was raised and lived. He also resided in Omaha where he met his wife, Arlene. They later moved to Virginia, while he fulfilled his tour of duty with the U.S. Army. In 1955, work finally brought him to Ohio where he labored as a millwright for the Avon Lake Ford Motor Company. Amherst had been his home since 1966.
Dale retired from Ford after 26 years of service. He was a member of Church of the Open Door. As a young man, he worked for the Army Corp of Engineers on the Fort Randall Dam in South Dakota. He also worked turnpike construction in Ohio as a carpenter and concrete layer. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
and worked for the Air Force on the facilities for the Strategic Air Command in Offit, NE. In his spare time, Dale found enjoyment in hunting with friends and family, woodworking and bird watching.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Arlene Cary (nee Beckwith); his sons, Douglas (Anne) Cary of Lorain and David Cary of Amherst; his daughters, Valor Cary of Oberlin and Kate Beckwith of Cleveland; three grandchildren, Daniel Rogers, Shalanna Rogers and Jared Vorkavich; two great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Nila Shrunk and Leola Heese, both of Nebraska.
Dale was preceded in death by his brothers, Glenn and Benjamin Cary; and his parents, Leslie and Hazel Cary (nee Cooper).
Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Jeff Ahlgrim, pastor of Life Church in Elyria will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.