Dale "Buddy" Baldwin, 88, of Dalton, died Sunday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton. His wife is Winnie James Baldwin.
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Born in Providence, R.I., son of the late John and Amy Pickering Baldwin, he was a graduate of Factoryville High School and served in the Army on the front lines in World War II. He was a livestock dealer and owner-operator of COD Calf Station in Dalton. He was also an accomplished cabinetmaker.
Buddy was a well-known, highly respected horseman. At age 14, he began his lifelong career as a horseman by being hired to ride and perform with the U.S. Drill Team at the World's Fair in Ontario, Canada. He went on to organize and manage the Cherokee Ranch Rodeo. After traveling the states, hauling and showing their broncos, bulls, calves and trick-riding horses, he and his wife, settled in Dalton in 1960, founding Baldwin Stables. His family business went on to buy, sell, train and show horses, becoming a Penn Jersey Horse Show icon. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Also surviving are a son, Dale S. and companion, Rose Griffis, Nicholson; a daughter, Robin Conklin and husband, Ron, Clarks Summit; three granddaughters, Tara Claussen and husband, Pete, New Jersey; Hollie Baldwin, Avoca; and Emma Wheaton, Michigan; two grandsons, Turner Wheaton, Michigan; and Jarrett Matylewicz, Clarks Summit; a great-grandson, Sean Claussen; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Dee Wheaton; and two grandsons, Michael Brecht Baldwin and Devlin Conklin.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Fairlawn Cemetery, Lily Lake Road, Dalton.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.lawrenceeyoungfu neralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 14, 2012