Dale L Slagle was born on August 29, 1925, and passed away on January 30, 2022. He was born in the home on the farm of his parents, Claude and Lietha Myrtle, on Deep Creek Road near Potlatch, Idaho. He grew up on that farm. He attended schools in Potlatch and graduated in June of 1944.
Dale joined the Army in July of 1944. After boot camp he was sent to Saipan in the Pacific Front of WWII. It was the end of the war so Dale said he was “kicked around to different duties.” He was a cook’s helper for a while but eventually ended up in Personnel. That was a good place for him as he loved people and had a gift of gab. When you were with Dale, you didn’t have to worry about how to keep a conversation going! And when it comes to history, he was a walking, talking history book of the people he knew in the Potlatch area. He was honorably discharged from the Army in July of 1946.
From then until he returned to full time farming in 1981, his jobs ranged from working for the Potlatch Highway Department, pumping gas at a gas station in Las Vegas, being a truck driver out of Fairchild Air Force base to working at the PFI mill in Potlatch and Bennet Mill in Princeton, Idaho
Dale married Alice Johnson in June of 1952. They had two daughters, Elaine and Linda. They later divorced. He married Bernice Solberg in April 1979. They divorced in1991.
From 1981 Dale stayed on the farm and was actively putting up hay until 2018. Dale didn’t smoke but while swathing and bailing, he would light up a cigar “to keep the bugs away.”
Dale also loved sweets. He willingly shared his mother’s Cry Babies cookie recipe and loved the baked and shared results of the recipe.
Dale is survived by his two daughters, Elaine Jackson and Linda Slagle, seven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his many friends and neighbors.
Dale will be interred at the Slagle family plot in the Freeze Cemetery. At Dale’s request, there will be no funeral service.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com
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