Dale E. Yake

January 12, 1937 ‒ February 17, 2021

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Waldo, Ohio

Dale E. Yake, age 84, of Marion, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at the OSU Medical Center with his loving family by his side following a six-year battle with cancer.

On January 12, 1937, Dale was born in Cardington, Ohio, the sixth of eight children of the late Henry Dewey and Anna Laura (Mateer) Yake. He graduated from Waldo High School in the class of 1955.

Maybe it was in high school, or possibly sooner than that, Dale fell for a classmate, Jean Fogle, whom he knew would someday be his wife. High school sweethearts, Dale and Jean were married shortly after high school, on May 9, 1958, while he was on leave from the US Navy. Together they had sixty-two special years of marriage, and lovingly raised three daughters: Anna, Amy and Arlene.

In 1956, Dale enlisted to serve his beloved country in the US Navy. He served aboard the USS Marshall, earning the rank of Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class.

In May of 1960, after nearly four years of service in the Navy, Dale was honorably discharged, returning home to Marion, to be with Jean and their growing family. He earned a professional degree from the Marion Business School, and worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses around Marion. Some of the businesses were Marco Motors, Race Motors, and TodCo Overhead Door Corp. No matter what job he was working though, he kept going back to the business his Dad taught him starting at the age of 15, the painting business. In 1979, Dale decided to officially go full time as a painter, and his own boss. He would paint anything from small closets to huge barns, handling any projects his beloved customers reached out to him to do. He was still painting barn roofs into his 80’s, until his family had to take his ladders from him.

Very faithful, Dale was an active member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Marion. He held various leadership positions over the years, including deacon, usher, especially taking pride in having the keys and being the person to open the church whenever things were happening in the church. He also was a member of the American Legion Post 605 in Waldo.

Having a lifelong love of music, Dale enjoyed singing as a tenor with the Marionaires Barbershop Chorus for several years. He also loved to put together the toughest jigsaw puzzles you could find, and he was an amazing euchre player who could recall every card played each round.

An avid sports fan, Dale especially loved rooting on the Marion Harding High School Presidents and the Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. With sports, he again would flash his amazing ability to recall stats and big plays from 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago. Even more special to him, was watching his grandchildren play sports or participate in events. He always beamed with pride for them.

Dale was a self-made man who believed in doing everything himself. He was a great carpenter, who could figure out a way to fix most anything needed on a house.

Dale will be remembered as an honest man of integrity, whose quiet and thoughtful demeanor could always be felt by everyone around him. Most important of all to him was his family, all of whom he overflowed with love for. His family will forever cherish their special trip in 2008, with everyone making it to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to be together.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Jean Yake; three daughters: Anna (Alan) Zimmerman, Amy Vanderhoff, and Arlene (Jeff) Gattshall; seven grandchildren: Paul (Michelle) Zimmerman, Tyler (Megan) Zimmerman, Allison (Adam) Hicks, Brooke (Nick) Padgett, Matthew Vanderhoff, Callen (Michelle) Vanderhoff, and Courtney (Zach) Gattshall-Scott; twelve great-grandchildren: Asher and Lily Zimmerman, Teagan, Grady, Sawyer, and Cru Zimmerman, Louden and Addison Hicks, Elin and Peyton Padgett, and Dawson and Deacon Vanderhoff; four siblings: Dewey Yake, Rosella Wagner, Stanley (Mary) Yake, and Lowell (Pauline) Yake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Dale was preceded in death by three siblings: Margie Ault, Walter Yake, and Phyllis Phillips.

His family will greet friends from 3 – 5 pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, where physical distancing and masks will be required. Services will then be observed privately by his family at the church, but all are welcome to watch the livestream of his services via the Emanuel Lutheran Church Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/emanuellutheranchurch), starting at 5 pm, with Deacon Kevin Kehn and Rev. Mark Schuring officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Dale’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Jean, Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Dale was always painting for Harold when we lived in the farm house on Klingel. He was always so nice when he was there.

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