From a contemporary press report:
Oscar Norman Dale, Captain, United States Navy, retired, died on August 26, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.
Ozzie, as he was affectionately known, was born in Brinsmade, North Dakota on October 4, 1922 to Stephen and Louise Dale. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1944 and proudly served in the Supply Corps, until his retirement on June 2, 1970, dedicating himself to 26 years of active duty. While in the Navy, Ozzie successfully completed the Navy Supply Corps School, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and earned a Master's Degree in Business from George Washington University. He was a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War, serving overseas on numerous assignments.
Ozzie began a second career as a stockbroker for Prudential Bache and lived in Bethesda, Maryland where he belonged to the Rotary Club of Bethesda and Lakewood Country Club. Upon semi-retirement in 1994, he moved to Williamsburg, Virginia and became a member of the Kingsmill Country Club, continuing his avid love/hate relationship with the game of golf. He enjoyed traveling, challenges of all kinds and was known as a grand debater, no matter what the topic.
Ozzie was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Teddy, his step son, Allen Poenack, and his brother, Lester Dale. He leaves two daughters, Heidi Dale of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Deidre Dale of Los Angeles, Carolina, and step daughter, Wendy Poenack of Williamsburg, VA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Monte Sanchez, Jr., Heather Thixton, Tyler Thixton, and Buddy Kientz. Ozzie is also survived by his brothers, Marvin Dale of Phoenix, Arisona, and Otto Dale of Denver, Colorado.
Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery Chapel on September 27, 2001 at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately following at Ft. Myer Officers Club.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, Attn:Research Fund Dept.
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