A Tribute

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Where to begin. Our past week has been a very hard one to bear. Yet, if we live our life in the manner in which Dale Sr. lived his, we would meet this challenge head on, with only one thought, “To glorify God” in all that we say and do. Then we will find a peace that “passes all understanding” and joy of the hope we carry in our hearts of eternal glory with our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dale Sr. gave us the courage to carry on and to believe we will one day be standing next to him rejoicing in that hope.

Dale was in Budapest searching his 'roots.'

Dale Clifford Prohaska peacefully left this earth to join His joy in heaven on November 9, 2011. He was born February 11, 1923 in Vancouver, Washington. Dale had 3 brothers and one sister of which 2 brothers and one sister still reside in Washington and Ohio. Dale was 88.

Dale served in the Navy during WWII and met his wife of 67 years at a OSU Dance in Virgina. They married in 1944 and lived their 67 years in Missouri, Washington, Oregon and California. Dale’s work life involved animal husbandry and nutrition. He also owned a Montgomery Wards Catalog Service in the Lodi/Galt/Stockton areas of California for many years.

Dale didn’t sit back when it came to his community. He was active as a docent at the Lodi Lake wilderness area where he took children and adults on tours introducing them to animals, plants, and Indian ways in that area. In fact, he led a tour with his daughter, Dorana, the Thursday before he became ill  (He was in an article in the November 10th edition of the Lodi News, which tickled us all!)

He was also involved with the Gideons, the Lodi Community Concert Association and his church, Temple Baptist, as a Deacon and a Sunday School teacher. His hobbies were also special to him. I have had the privilege over the last 4 months of working in his garden. Each morning I would get instructions as he sat at the breakfast table on which rose bush to trim. He even let me plant some annual flowers in his flower bed. Dale loved to paint and water colors was his favorite medium. He used sandstone to sculptor over the years. He was able to enjoy these crafts more fully after retirement in 1989.

Services will take place Thursday, November 17th with a grave site service for the family at 10 A.M. and a Celebration of His Life Service at 11 A.M. at Temple Baptist.

I want to personally thank each and every one of you who stood by us in thought and prayer over the last months. Your thoughts and prayers and comments meant so much to us and we appreciate each and every one of you!

Dale’s pastor, Perry Kallis, made this comment as we sat with Dad in his last days that really touched me. He said that on another floor in the hospital, proud parents stood at windows looking in on their precious babies that just enter this world;  just as we stand before a loved one leaving this world. He said we really should be praying for those babies that have entered a world full of trouble and rejoicing over our loved one leaving this world for an eternal life of joy and peace. That is powerful.

Let us rejoice in the hope Dale had of eternal life with God.

This is a poem we found that shows how Dale lived his life. This really is a recipe for happiness and Dale was a good example to follow!

Don't you love the coffee stains!

Life is good…..eternal life with God is better….so much better.

8 thoughts on “A Tribute

    Sue said:
    November 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Oh Gwen, what a beautiful tribute to Dale, Sr. And the recipe for Happiness is just wonderful.

    Evielynne and Jorge Sanchez said:
    November 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. Please accept our condolences. Dale was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can do for you during this difficult time. We are honored to know him through your love of Jesus Christ and for your sharing of his way of living while here with us. We reach out to you with our biggest hugs and can lend you our shoulders anytime you may need them – ALWAYS….

    Janice said:
    November 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

    My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Sending gentle hugs.

    tinycamper said:
    November 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Gwen, I am so sorry for your family’s grief and loss. I pray that God will carry you all through this painful time.

    Thank God that you know where he is now, and that you will all be celebrating together in Heaven some day.

    Thanks for sharing a little of Dale Sr.’s life with us. What sweet joy their wedding picture portrays. 🙂

    Dawn said:
    November 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Wonderful tribute to a life well lived. Rest in peace, Dale Sr.

    Gwen, You have a way with words. This is written so beautifully.

    Sharen said:
    November 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

    What a beautiful tribute. What can be better than to know that one day you will all be together again…free of all pain and worries? God bless you, Dale and family.

    Melinda said:
    November 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for sharing your lovely rememberance with those who follow your travels. God bless you and your family during this time of grief and celebration of Dale Sr.’s life. Melinda

    Shirley Kerns said:
    November 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Gwen: A wonderful tribute to your father-in-law who must have been a very special person! While you all grieve his loss he is celebrating with Jesus! Blessings to you and Dale and all the rest of the
    family, Shirley

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