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Martin E. Dale

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Dale Martin E. Dale, 85, of Sunbury, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his residence. Martin was the third of four sons born to Dewey and Mary Dale in Meana, Arkansas. Though the family struggled financially, Marty's parents wanted their children to have good educations and were able to save money so their sons could go to college. Marty became an Eagle Scout and always excelled in school and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's and master's degrees in Forestry. He was inducted into the Intelligence Corps and was able to use the GI Bill to earn his PhD in statistics from Iowa State University. He married Gayle Carstensen and together they had four children, Steven, Denise, Michael and David. The family resided in Berea, Kentucky, where Marty began his field research career for the US Forest Service, eventually settling in the central Ohio area as he continued his career at the USDA Experimental Station in Delaware, Ohio. Marty and Gayle channeled their children's athletic skills into swimming, intending to nurture a healthy lifestyle. The family travelled to swimming meets in many parts of the country and the children excelled. Eventually his first marriage ended and in 1985 he married Laurel Siefert Doran, a high school teacher in Pataskala, Ohio who had a daughter Annie. They had a rich and fascinating marriage, mostly centered around the Christmas tree farm Marty started in 1982, which he had long dreamed about. Through the years, many families have come to the Dale Tree farm to choose and cut down their own Christmas tree. Though Marty cannot physically be with us this year, the Christmas tree farm will be open with Marty's spirit guiding his children and wife and helpers while continuing to make his dream come true. Marty is survived by his wife, Laurel; and two of his children, Denise McLain (husband, Bill McLain) and Dave Dale; by his stepdaughter, Annie Adler; his grandchildren, Tasha Dale, Rachel Adler, Brian Dale and Brandi Dale; and by two brothers, Jim Dale and Lewis Dale. Marty has marked the world with his beautiful spirit; always expressing dignity, hope, kindness and tolerance for all. A memorial service celebrating Martin's life will be held later this summer at the tree farm. To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. The SNYDER-RODMAN FUNERAL CENTER in Delaware is handling arrangements.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 23, 2017
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