Dale Lee Wirick
September 06, 1914 ‒ November 09, 2002
MANSFIELD: Dale L. Wirick, 88, of West Cook Road, Mansfield, died Saturday morning November 9, 2002 in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a heart attack.
He was born September 6, 1914 near Lexington to John D. and Ethel Valora (Donnan) Wirick, and was graduated from Johnsville High School in 1933.
A WWII Army veteran, Dale served with the 499th Armored Field Artillery Battalion in campaigns in Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Rhineland, Southern France and Central Europe.
He retired in 1979 following 40 years of service with Page Dairy as a driver and supervisor of wholesale routes.
Dale was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served the congregation as usher, but was most content to love his family and tend the lawn around his home.
A loving husband, devoted father, and treasured grandfather, he is survived by his wife Ruth R. (Raitch) Wirick, whom he married September 25, 1948; two daughters and sons-in-law Susan B. and Stanley Harer of Galion and Rosemary and Steven Wreede of Dublin; two grandchildren Megan R. Miller of Columbus and Matthew L. Wreede of Dublin; two sisters and a brother-in-law Helen and Richard Snyder of Fredericktown and Lucille Adams of Galion; a brother John Wirick of Naples, Florida; and two sisters-in-law Edith Wirick of Vero Beach, Florida and Wanda Wirick of Bellville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Paul and Norma Raitch of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Julia Griffiths of San Bernadino, California, and David Raitch of Bellville; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers Richard Wirick and Carl Wirick; a sister Jeanette Wirick; and an infant sister Margaret.
Friends may call Tuesday November 12, 2002 from 4-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 am in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 West Cook Road, Mansfield. Pastor Jeff St. Clair will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold military graveside honors.
Memorial contributions to the Salvation Army may be made at the funeral home.