DALE V. OIJ, 64 CALEDONIA - Dale V. Oij, 64, of Caledonia passed away Thursday July 17, 2014, at his residence, with his family by his side. Dale was born June 28, 1950, in Rockford, the son of Henry and Nettie (Martin) Oij. He married Paula Miller on April 1, 1978, at the Church by the Side of the Road in Rockton. Dale retired after 30 years of service as Director of the Student Center at Rock Valley College. Dale graduated from West High, Rock Valley College and NIU. Dale was an avid Bears fan and loved working with wood and building bird houses for all his friends, in fact, he was referred to by some as "Birdhouse Dale". He loved going to Pine Hill Resort in Minocqua; he loved his dogs and mentoring his students at Rock Valley College. Dale was a very kind, caring and thoughtful man. Dale is survived by his loving wife, Paula; sister, Barbara Waage; sister-in-law, Debby (Lee Donimari) Hamilton; father-in-law, Paul Miller; special friend, Art (Cheryl ) Delgado; his beloved buddy, Halas; niece, Suzie (Dan) Mullins; great- niece, Kristie Mullins; his special caregiver, Vlad; and other nieces, nephews and cousins. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; special brother-in-law, Arleigh Waage; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Miller. A service to celebrate Dale's life will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services. In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations for the Rock Valley Dale Oij Scholarship Fund, to help students achieve their goals, as was his passion to help each student reach their full potential. Condolences may be sent to the family at sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from July 19 to July 20, 2014