Dale Frederick Van Vliet born on March 3, 1940 returned home to his Heavenly Father on May 11, 2023 in Troutdale, Oregon.
Dale was born at home in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania on his family’s farm to Mary and Verne Van Vliet, who preceded him in death. He was one of seven children and was also preceded in death by his brothers Carl and Basil Van Vliet and sister Janet Baker.
He is survived by his brothers Donald Van Vliet and Glenn Van Vliet and his sister Evelyn Losinger, all of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his son Dale Neal Van Vliet and his wife Marilyn, who he lived with the last five years of his life in Troutdale, Oregon. He had three grandchildren, Alex, Angel, and Miranda and seven great grandchildren.
Dale was a good student and had many friends. He was a good mechanic and loved fixing up old cars for himself and his buddies. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and frequently took his younger brothers camping on trout streams. Dale graduated from high school in 1958 and joined the US Army in January of 1962. He served active duty for 3 years and was in the Army Reserves for 3 years. He earned Sharpshooters, Marksman and Mechanics badges. He was stationed both at Albuquerque, New Mexico and at the Nevada Test Site at Mercury, Nevada. While in the Army, he met his future wife, Diane Clark through a mutual friend of her sister, Janie. They wrote to each other for a year and were married on October 12, 1963 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Diane passed away in 2019 after 55 years of marriage. After leaving the Army, and spending a short time in Pennsylvania, Dale moved his family to Henderson, Nevada and went to work at Timet as a master mechanic. He worked there for 48 years until he retired.
Dale enjoyed hunting and fishing in Nevada and the surrounding states with his many friends. He and Diane also enjoyed traveling and had visited most states in the USA. He also enjoyed doing things with his family and grandchildren.
As his health began to fail, he moved to Oregon and lived with his son and daughter-in-law. He enjoyed fishing and boating on the Columbia River and going to church.
Dale will be missed by many. His memorial service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Boulder City at 2 pm on July 10, 2023. There will also be a graveside military remembrance conducted by the US Army to follow.
If anyone wishes to make a donation in his name, the family request the Alzheimer’s Association.