NESCOPECK — Dale E. Andres, 77, a lifelong resident of Nescopeck, passed away on Jan. 23, 2014, at Millville Health Center, after losing his battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was born Sept. 29, 1936, in Berwick, and was the only child of Dale C. and Mary Hoag Andres.
Dale graduated from Nescopeck High School with the class of 1954 and then went on to Penn State where he earned an associate's degree in electrical engineering in 1956.
He was a former owner of Andres Greenhouses until it sold in 1973. He also spent many years as a independent truck owner and operator as well as a driver for several other local companies, retiring from Matthews Fuel Service in 2006 at the age of 70.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, where he served several terms on the board of trustees. He also was a life member of the Nescopeck Fire Company where he served as fire chief for many years. He also served as a driver for the Nescopeck Ambulance Association.
Dale was a member of the Hazleton Corvette Club for more than 11 years, at one time serving as vice president and car show chairman. He was a honorary member of the Classic Glass Corvette Club of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and was a proud member of the National Corvette Museum, which he visited several times.
Together with his wife, he loved going to car shows, had a love for Corvettes and enjoyed attending NASCAR races, as well as watching them on television. He and his wife enjoyed many trips together as well as trips with their Corvette Clubs.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, the former Judith Whitmire, Nescopeck. with whom he would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 15; a daughter, Lesley Betz; and granddaughter, Bailey Waltman, Berwick.
He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.
The family thanks the staff at the Berwick Hospital Behavioral Unit and the Millville Health and Rehabilitation Center for their professional and compassionate care.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, 1024 Market St., Berwick, with the Rev. Craig Gommer, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street. Visitation for friends will be held from noon until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Dale's memory to the Wesley United Methodist Church of Nescopeck, 401 Broad St., Nescopeck, PA 18635.