Dale Eggleston died July 20 in Burns.
He was born in Burns on Feb. 11, 1920, to Henrietta and A.A. Eggleston.
Dale attended Burns public schools, then went on to business college in Eugene. He then returned to Burns to work as an accountant for Bennett Motor Company. He also achieved a private pilot’s license shortly after high school.
In January of 1942, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was selected for General Hap Arnold’s 42-X training program for pilot instructors. He then served as an instructor during and after the war at a new U.S. Army Air Corps basic training base at Garden City, Kan., and at Randolph Field, Texas. At the end of his active duty in 1945, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves and served until retiring in 1963 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
In 1943, Dale married Valeria Hirschler, the love of his life. They had a son, Paul, in 1944, and a daughter, Gail, in 1945. After his active duty, the family returned to Burns where Dale had a job at Harney County Abstract and Title awaiting him.
Dale and Valeria left Burns to further their educations when their children began college. Dale earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and a master’s degree from University of Oregon, both in geology. They worked in various positions in California, South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho, and then returned to Dale’s beloved home of Burns for retirement. During these years they also accomplished much exciting travel, including trips to Germany when The Wall fell, Norway , Egypt, Vienna, Great Britain, France and Thailand. They enjoyed grand opera events in New York and San Francisco, as well as a World Seminar Tour, which took them around the world in six weeks.
Dale had a life-long love of music. He played violin and was a world-class whistler. He also restored violins and old furniture. He was an active Mason beginning in 1942, serving in several offices including Master of Blue Lodge. He was at one time Commander of the local American Legion and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Shriner.
Dale is survived by his wife, Valeria; son, Paul (Jan Eggleston); and daughter, Gail (Darryl Womack); six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and multitudes of friends and acquaintances who will all miss him and his friendly, warm nature very much.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Contributions in Dale’s honor may be made to the charity of one’s choice.