HASTINGS -- Dale E. Gill, 89, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Perkins Pavilion, Good Samaritan Society, Hastings-Village.
Services will be Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at Brand-Wilson Chapel, Hastings, Neb., with Jim Pettitt officiating. Burial will be Saturday at 2 p.m., at Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Neb.
Dale was born, May 7, 1919, to Ed and Edith (Coleman) Gill on a farm near Surprise, Neb. He graduated from the Cottonwood country school. He then attended Surprise High School.
On July 14, 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort McArthur, San Pedro, Calif. In July of 1941, he was transferred to Fort Richardson at Anchorage, Alaska where he was stationed until he was sent back to the states for additional training. Alaska was a territory of the United States then.
He married Dorla M. Fox on July 13, 1943, in Los Angeles, Calif., and they had one son, Ralph born to this union in 1949. Dorla died Jan. 4, 1968.
Dale was re-assigned to the 143rd Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion after returning from duty in Alaska. In 1944, he was sent to Europe where the 143rd distinguished themselves in the Battle of the Bugle. He was honorably discharged from the Army, Nov. 1, 1945 after serving nearly six and a half years.
Dale was a meat cutter and butcher in various Nebraska towns for nearly 10 years. In 1954, he joined the Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of Lincoln as a salesman and general agent. He retired from that company in 1982.
Dale married Theresa M. Rotter on July 20, 1968, in Trenton, Neb. After retiring they did some traveling and Dale became an avid writer of his life's experiences.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 11 and a life member of the VFW, both in Hastings. He was a former member of the Hastings Association of Life Underwriters of which he served as president in 1969. He also served on the Adams County Senior Services Board for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa, and son, Ralph both of Hastings, a granddaughter of Lincoln, Ne., and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Dorla, three brothers, Bernard, Gerald and Donald, and two sisters, Phyllis Fricke and Bonnie Ludden.
Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or the Hastings Museum
Brand-Wilson Funeral Home & Cremation is in charge of services.