Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Dale J. Trombley, 90, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side.
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A viewing will take place 5-7 p.m. Friday with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A funeral mass will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2111 Muldoon Road, Anchorage. Viewing will be one hour prior to services at the church. Archbishop Francis Hurley and Father Dan Herbert will serve the mass. Burial will be at a later date at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Dale was born Feb. 9, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He moved to Louisville, Ky., at age 13. From there he went into the U.S. Army Corps Services.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942. He was a pilot on the B-17, T-6, C-47, C-119, C-82 and B-25. He was a fighter pilot during WWII going on many combat and food drop missions in the Netherlands. He retired in 1969 at Elmendorf AFB after 27 years of service.
He then began working for the Pioneer Paper Company of which he eventually bought out. He then worked for Yukon Office Supply until he retired again. He also worked for Hertz Rental Cars for a short time after retiring. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling and building doll houses, log cabins and caches. He was very proud of his doll houses he had built for his granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
He married Rita Clare Payne on Jan. 16, 1945 and they had six children together. Rita passed away on March 23, 1990. He married Barbara Reed Bradrick in Homer on May 10, 1992 and Alesya came into their lives and gave them a great delight.
Dale served as Second Knights of Columbus Master in Alaska, as Faithful Navigator of Our Lady of the Snow Council #4859 and as Honor Guard many, many times including when Pope John Paul II visited Alaska in 1981. Dale also coordinated and volunteered for the "Walk for Hope" for 24 years. He also enjoyed fishing on the Kenai River and his dog, Charlie.
Dale is survived by his wife, Barbara of Soldotna; children and spouses, Dr. Dale J. and Marie Nell Trombley II of Anchorage, Ruth and Thomas Newsom of Soldotna, John E. and Deborah Trombley of Fargo, N.D., James R. and Helen Beka Trombley of Kenai, Rosemary and David Langford of Ripon, Calif., Glen A. and Denise Trombley of Chugiak, and Alesya S. Trombley and Jesse Thomson of Portland, Ore.; stepsons and spouse, Douglas P. and Delores Willcox of North Bend, Neb., and Jeffrey W Willcox-Bradrick of Soldotna; half-brother, Eugene Trombley of Grafton, Wis., and half-sister Linda Goodbar of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Bryan, Aaron, Adam, Blake, Kody and Alexis Trombley, Christine and Rebecca Langford, and Zeke Thomson; step-grandchildren, Deborah, Danielle, Derrick, Denise, Dustin and Alyssa Willcox, Eric and Alan Eggleston; great-grandchildren, Theodore, Mila, Brianna, Ashton, Wyatt, Tatum, Tess and Ayden.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 1, 2014