Dale R. Wissler Sr., 82, died peacefully surrounded by his family in Rancho Mirage, California on December 5.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania to Harry C. and Mildred C. Sieger Wissler on January 26, 1930, Dale graduated from Shillington High School and Albright College in Reading, Pa.
After high school, Dale served in the US Marine Corps Reserves and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Dale also played saxophone and clarinet in high school and with the swing band, The Stardusters, in late 1940s and early 1950s.
Dale started his career as die casting engineer at Doehler-Jarvis Corporation in Pottstown Pa where he pioneered the use of automation in aluminum and zinc die casting manufacturing. He worked as a manager at die casting operations in New York, Texas, Arizona, and California.
Dale's love of music continued throughout his life and he especially enjoyed the sounds of swing and Frank Sinatra. A huge baseball fan, he loved his Angels and he could be found rooting them on at the stadium or at home.
A lifelong golfer, Dale won many Frank Sinatra celebrity invitational tournaments throughout the Coachella Valley.
A great man, Mr. Lucky, Mr. Wonderful and a very proud American, words cannot describe his humility and capacity for love. He will be missed by his family and many friends of his beloved desert.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Darlene Christman.
He is survived by his wife Lilly Christian of Rancho Mirage; sons Dale Jr., Jay and Craig; sister Jacqueline and brother Harry. Dale is also survived by three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
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