AUGLAIZE – Robert Dale Place, 92, rose to the glories of heaven on Tuesday February 8, 2022. Dale was born on January 21, 1930 in the rural county of Auglaize. He was one of six boys born at Vernon & Lydia (Casperson) Place, who predeceased him.
Dale married Carolyn Jean Miller in 1952, who predeceased him in 1996. He is survived by 2 children, Matt (Nancy) of Midland, Michigan, and Jane McKenzie of Columbus, Ohio. He was predeceased by a baby boy in 1954. He has 5 grandchildren, Jeffery (Heather) McKenzie of Cridersville, Ohio, Josie McKenzie of Columbus Ohio, Amanda (Matt) Hawkins of Freeland, Michigan, Nathaniel (Jill) Place of Chelsea, Michigan, and Matthew Place, of Midland, Michigan. He has 8 great-grandchildren, Jesse and Page McKenzie, Jeremiah and Asher Hawkins, Tyler, Lydia, Ellie and Adelyn Place. Dale is also survived by two brothers, Franklin (Kay) Place and Max (Barb) Place, both of rural Auglaize County, and a sister-in-law, Betty Place of Wapakoneta. Also, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Linda Kies of Sidney, Ermie and Marlene Wildermuth, Ed and Becky Rohrbaugh, and Bernie and Connie Miller of Wapakoneta.
Dale’s occupation was in the construction industry, having built many homes and businesses in Auglaize and Allen counties. He enjoyed gardening, raising rabbits and fishing, being a regular part of many trips to Canada. His family will miss his culinary specialties such as meatloaf, perch. pickled beets, Barney’s eggs and pies. He was very fond of debating with his grandsons about the greatness of Ohio State football. He refused to wear his Michigan hat at any time.
Dale spent many years as a Sunday school teacher at Buckland United Church of Christ, where he raised his family. He was an accredited lay minister, filling the pulpit throughout the region. In his later years, he attended Bethlehem Christian Union Church.
Dale was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean conflict, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a proud member of Spencerville VFW, having participated in many events.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., February 17, 2022, at Bethlehem Christian Union Church, 09005 National Road, Rural Auglaize County. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors at Buckland Cemetery will be arranged by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Memorial donations may be made to Bethlehem Christian Union Church.
Published by The Lima News from February 12 to February 13, 2022.