John D. Dale

June 4, 1967 - March 4, 2019

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Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:00 AM Urbana Church of the Nazarene


Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019 from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

John Dale, 51 of Urbana, Ohio passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019.
He was born June 4, 1967 in Fremont, California. John was a graduate of Marysville High School and Urbana University with a Bachelor of Science. He served for 27 years with Urbana Fire Department as a firefighter/ paramedic. John was a founding partner in Park Avenue Brew Works and member of the Harmony Lodge #8 F. & AM. and IAFF 1823. He enjoyed camping, traveling, helping friends with projects and was always willing to help others. John especially loved spending time with his family.
John is survived by his mother, Lois Barbara Dale; his wife, Lisa Marie Dale; sons, Mathew (Katie) Morgan, Sean Dale and John Ryan Dale; grandchildren, Logan, Michael, Aynslee and Charlotte Dale, Colin and Mary Morgan; sisters, Carolyn (David) Dunkin and Linda (Jeff) Price as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Lee Dale and brother, Roger Dale.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME Urbana; where Masonic services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the Urbana Church of the Nazarene, 1999 East State Route 29, Urbana, Ohio with Chaplin Timothy West officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Association of Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078 or John Dale Scholarship Fund in care of Perpetual Federal Saving Bank, 120 N. Main St., Urbana, Oho 43078.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com


Alyssa - Mar 19, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Dale. In times like these, it can be hard to find relief from our grieving. Psalms 34:18 reassures us that God cares for us, especially when we are broken hearted. Knowing He cares for all of us can help some find peace of mind when enduring tough trials. I hope you all soon find comfort, and again, I am so sorry for your loss.
Anna Garvey - Mar 10, 2019
I would like to Thank John Dale for 27 years of service as a firefighter and paramedic for our town...Thank you so much and know this small town will be different without you but know we are blessed to have an Angel watching over us...Thank You John....
Rhonda Sloan - Mar 8, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you, your family and friends. Rhonda Sloan
Jeff Weber - Mar 8, 2019
What a great man! I had the privilege to meet John at my store in Urbana. John would not just come in and leave. We would talk sometimes for over an hour about life's most important subjects like Beer - Silver Coins - Our Families. I admired his attitude about his situation. He never had a negative comment about it. They say if you listen that people will tell you who they are. What I heard was a loving and dedicated husband and a very proud father that enjoyed projects with his sons. John's passing is a big loss to not only his family but also the city of Urbana. Rest in peace my friend.
Sandra - Mar 7, 2019
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible's promise of the resurrection. John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15.
Liz Vogt Hollingshead - Mar 6, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember him fondly from school and had a great time with him at our school reunions. His family is in my thoughts & prayers.
David Torsell III - Mar 6, 2019
I wanted to take the time to tell you that although I live in Florida, I have never forgotten where I came from or those responsible for who I am today. I have been a professional Firefighter/Paramedic, having followed in my fathers footsteps, for over 23 years now. My desire to return to a small town like Urbana and the reason I applied for the Chiefs position with the City of Urbana, was because of men like John. Men that I have known since I was a school age boy and have admired my entire life as mentors and as my heroes. Though I live far away and I work for a much larger and seemingly more "glamorous" fire department, I would trade it all to have had the opportunity to work beside the very men, like John, that I admire so much and to have the bond and reputation of those that served and continue to serve the City of Urbana Fire Division. I have never known such a bond and brotherhood in the fire service as I have when I was around the Urbana Firehouse. There just is not an equivalent to the Urbana Fire Division and its members. I remember talking with John when I was younger, on numerous occasions about my future, my goals and becoming a professional firefighter. He was encouraging, kind and an all around great guy. Firefighters are supposed to tough, somewhat unbreakable and almost inhuman in some ways. The fire service has taught me strength, kindness, compassion, brotherhood, work ethic and even coping skills that I did not have as a young man. No matter what I have learned over all of those years, I will never be able to lose someone like John and it not have a great impact on me. May he rest easy, may he hurt no more. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all. I will miss you John.....and so will the Urbana Fire Division. Sincerely, Dave Torsell III

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