Dale M. Dickerson, 75, of Norwalk, died on Thursday, June 6th at his home in Norwalk.
He was born on July 3, 1943 in Norwalk, the son of Ellsworth and Harriett (Smith) Dickerson and grew up on Rosedale Boulevard where he mowed the lawns of his neighbors to support his early adventures.
Dale was a 1961 graduate of Norwalk High School. He then went on to Ashland College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1965. Dale taught German briefly at Batavia High School in Kenton, Ohio. But he quickly realized his strengths were not in the classroom and he joined the U.S. Army during the height of the Vietnam War.
While he never saw action in Vietnam, Dale was stationed in Germany during his service, where he perfected the language.
During his working life, he worked in the hotel industry as a night auditor and later as a trusty security guard, most recently at Celotex in Port Clinton.
In his spare time, Dale liked to write short stories and submitted various manuscripts for publication in national magazines. He also followed all the local sports teams and was a devoted and often disgruntled Cleveland Browns fan.
He was a proud member of Norwalk First United Methodist Church, where he attended regularly with his mother Harriett when she was alive.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, Ellsworth and his mother, Harriett. He is survived by his sister, Doris Newman, her son, Brad, his wife Jacqueline and his great nieces, Zoe and Schuyler. Dale also is survived by his cousin Marilyn Smith from Marion.
Dale touched the lives of everyone who knew him and will be remembered by his neighbors who he greeted daily as he worked meticulously on his lawn.
Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service which will be held on Saturday, June 29th at 2pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, 200 Woodlawn Avenue in Norwalk.