Graveside services and military honors for Dale Lamar Spradlin will be 11:00a.m., Monday, July 14, 2014 at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2:30p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Dale passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014. He was 77.
Dale Lamar Spradlin was born January 21, 1937 in Safford, Arizona to Earl and Norma (Newton) Spradlin. Following his education he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and began his career as a communication specialist, retiring as Master Chief. On April 9, 1960 he married Val Schroder in Eckernforde, Germany. During his 20 year span with the military, Dale and his family saw many parts of the world; Spain, Germany, Hawaii and Japan also several places in the states as well. When he retired, Dale received his Master’s Degree in Education. He taught industrial arts and math at Oologah High School, retiring there in 1995.
Dale began his leisure years traveling with Val in their RV. They saw many wonderful places during the two and a half years on the road. His hobbies were wood working and sailing. He had a work shop at his home and spent many hours making items he shared with family and friends.
A kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Dale will be missed by all who knew him. Those family member that survive include his wife of 54 years, Val of their home in Claremore; his children Michael Alan Spradlin and wife Julie of Pearland, Texas and Patricia Lynn Stephenson and husband Neal of Oxford, Alabama; his grandchildren Jessica Stephenson and Kellie Stephenson, Meredith Spradlin and Morgan Spradlin; his sisters Almeta Bortz, Ruby Martin, Ethel Frost, Vickie Vansandt and Marcia Janisch. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carolyn Hoock.
In lieu of flowers and other condolences, please consider making a memorial contribution in Dale’s honor to either Redeemer Lutheran Church; 220 N. Seminole Ave., Claremore, Oklahoma 74017 or Safenet Services; 1219 W. Dupont, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017
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