Dale Charles Dobbles, 92 of Danville, died on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Presence Hospital. He was born on March 31, 1925 in Danville to William and Zora Sumner Dobbles.
Dale married Frances Yarusinsky on October 20, 1942 and the two shared nearly sixty-six years together before her death in 2008. Survivors include four children: William (Jane) Dobbles, Sally Corey, Liz (Kevin Bailey) Dysert and Rick (Jaime) Dobbles; grandchildren Mike (Bernadette) Dobbles, Ed (Sandi) Dobbles, Caylynne Snook, Rob (Ana Tamez) Corey, Ryan Corey, Kristen Harman, Cody Dysert, Cooper Dysert, Justin (D. Marie) Dobbles, Lindsay (Ben) Schreck, great grandchildren Lukas & Elias Dobbles, Eleanor Dobbles, Emily Dixon, Aidan Tamez, Adryana & Ryland Corey, Lincoln & Milo Schreck and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances, brother Paul, sisters Ardyth Davis and Gretchen Faulkner and great granddaughter Margaret Dobbles.
He attended Diamond Grade School, Oakwood High School and Danville High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific on LST-571. He worked as an engineer for the New York Central Railroad at Lyons, Hillery and the southern route of Paris, Harrisburg, Mt. Carmel and Cairo.
Dale and Frances spent their life together at 938 Warrington in the house he built himself, and they raised their four children there. He enjoyed working on the house and in the yard, building and fixing things in his basement workshop. They traveled mainly to visit their children and grandchildren but also to annual LST conventions.
Even though he wasnt raised Catholic, he and Frances attended church every week, raised their kids Catholic and sent them to St. Pats and Schlarman. He faithfully attended Mass even after her death, and he was officially made a Catholic by Father Ted Pracz.
Dale tried to maintain the routines that organized his life while Frances was alive, going out for breakfast at Steak n Shake, putting together puzzles and going fishing with Bill. After almost 65 years in his home, he moved to an apartment in Liberty Estates where he was able to live independently with help from his family and caregivers, Paula Williams, Cathy Smith and Carole Taapken. He received outstanding care through the Illiana VA and his home health care nurse, Ruth Hays.
Visitation will be on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams in Danville, with Rosary at 3:30 and visitation from 4-6. His funeral Mass will be 11:30 Friday, August 4 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 444 E. Main. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Luncheon will be served for family and friends at Holy Family immediately after burial.
Messages and memories may be left at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dales name to Holy Family Church.
Published on July 31, 2017