Dale Irvine Gregory Sr., 81, Lansford, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in a Minot hospital following a long battle with cancer.
Dale was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Inglewood, Calif., to Florence (Brietler) and Leroy Gregory Sr. He was reared and educated there and graduated from Inglewood High School in 1950. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1950. He received specialized training at a radio and submarine school and served on the USS Scabbardfish prior to his honorable discharge on May 6, 1954. During his military service he received the Korean Service, United Nations, National Defense and Good Conduct medals.
Dale married Ladora Baker on July 7, 1953, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Following his discharge from the Navy they made their home in Gardena, Calif., where he attended El Camino Junior College and was employed at North American Aviation for five years. Then, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Gardena for five years prior to serving as a building inspector/district engineer for the Department of Public Works in Los Angeles County from 1965 until 1992. He had resided and worked in Lancaster, Calif., for a majority of this time.
Following his retirement they moved to Lansford in 2002 to be near his oldest daughter and her family.
Dale was a member of Trinity United Church, Lansford, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars after serving as president of the VFW Post #3261 in Gardena. He was a member of the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated (USSVI), International Conference of Building Officials and was active in Boy Scouts, starting as an assistant Cub Scout master and ending as a scout master trainer. While living in Lansford he was a member of the Senior Citizens organization and was active at the community food pantry. He especially enjoyed traveling, photography, computers and deep sea fishing.
Dale's loving family includes: his wife of 60 years, Ladora; children, Dale Jr. (Nancy) Gregory, of Buchanan Mich., Dona (Robert) Kosel, of Lansford, and Kendra (Javier) Morales, of McKinleyville, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kristen (Travis) Lehmann, Maria and Virginia Morales and Elizabeth (William) Kosel-Tilton; four great-grandchildren, Logan and Alexis Lehmann, Evelyn Kosel and Lilie Tilton; brother, Paul (Betty) Gregory, of Dana Point, Calif.; brother-in-law, George Baker, of North Hollywood, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dale was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings, Leroy Jr., Cyrus, Johnnie and Marie Gallinger and an infant sister, Patty.
Celebration of the Life of Dale Gregory: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. in Trinity United Church, Lansford.
Interment will be in the Lansford Community Cemetery.
Visitation: Wednesday, from 2 to 6 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of plants and flowers memorials are preferred to the Trinity Cancer Clinic/Rehab Center or the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383-3870.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).