Dale B. Snearly
Dale Bowden Snearly passed away July 10, 2014. He was born on Dec. 13, 1922, in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Robert and Lula Snearly.
He grew up on a homestead farm near Gillette, Wyoming. His high school basketball team won the state tournament. He joined the US Army in 1942 and served in the 90th Air Service Group in the South Pacific and Saipan. His aptitude for accounting was revealed, and he was pressed into duty as a paymaster for the B-29 Bomber group. His unit received a Presidential Award for Bravery.
Dale returned to Gillette after World War II in 1945. He joined the Lion’s Club at age 23 — an organization that he supported for the rest of his life. He received a lifetime membership for dedicated service. Dale was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow — the highest honor from Lions International — as well as the Lions Humanitarian Award.
Dale met the love of his life: Miss Dorothy Grace Dillon. Their first date actually did not happen, as he over-slept and stood her up. She married him anyway on Aug. 17, 1947, and they raised five children.
After running his own accounting firm in Gillette for many years, they decided to leave cold Wyoming for the San Francisco Bay area. Dale was an accountant for many years, serving the businesses of the San Joaquin Valley. The family learned sailing on a Venture 21 sailboat, “Annie,” which the family and church youth used on many outings. Dale, Dorothy, and three children came to Colorado in 1977 built and managed the Chalet Lodge at Powderhorn Ski Area. After the sale of the lodge, Dale was an accountant for Barnes and Haycock, and Sandy’s Office Supply.
Dale was a spiritual man serving in the spirit of joy. He was a Minister in the Community of Christ church for many years serving youth activities, directing and assisting church camps. He was known as the “marrying man” as he performed many weddings.
Dale had an artistic side as well, which he used to create stained glass art pieces. Dale fulfilled one of his dreams in 1985 by playing at St. Andrew’s Golf Course in Scotland. Dale enjoyed the game of golf until the ripe young age of 91.
He became well-known and loved in Glenwood Springs as a community volunteer, receiving Humanitarian of the Year award in Garfield County. He served many organizations: Board President of Sunnyside Retirement Center; President Lion’s Club; Board member of Glenwood Springs Golf Club; YouthZone; and The Extended Table. He was an avid supporter of high school football, greeting all with a smile while selling tickets for the Lion’s Club.
Dale has one living sibling, Nadine Uhlenkott, of North Hills, CA, and is also survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy, his five children and their spouses: Dalene and David DeLong of Columbia, Mo; David and Val Snearly of Glenwood Springs, CO; Dorothea and David Jue of Concord, CA; Dale “Dilly” and Dena Snearly of Livermore, CA; Dianne and Jeff Nelson of Glenwood Springs, CO; 10 grandchildren: Debbie DeLong Smith, Dennis DeLong, Donna DeLong Hamilton, Philip Plantz, Nicole Jue, Matthew Jue, Danielle Snearly, Dusty Snearly, Bryan Nelson, and Cody Nelson. Eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Dale always said that with family he was home. His legacy is his love for family, serving the community, his passion for golf, and his great sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Dale by making a donation to the “Dale B. Snearly Memorial Fund” at any Alpine Bank. The donations will be for Lions Club “Kids Sight Program,” Lions Club Scholarship funds for local youth, and the Community of Christ “Out Reach International.”
Please join us for a celebration of Dale’s life on Aug. 9, 2014, 10 a.m. at Mountain View Church, 2195 County Rd 154 in Glenwood Springs.
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