Dale Allen Veley, aged 58 of Port Washington, died unexpectedly and peacefully on the afternoon of December 4, 2021, at Trinity Hospital Twin City.
Dale, or “D” and “Uncle D” as he was fondly known by his family, was born on April 14, 1963, at Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio, the eldest child and only son to F. Dale and the late Gladys Marie (Schwab) Veley. In his youth, Dale was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Each year as he was growing up, Dale would lend his voice to the church Cantatas or barbershop quartets and always kept his love of music. Truly, Dale was always so full of life, planning for the future, enjoying his time with his loved ones and the outdoors. In 1981, Dale graduated from Indian Valley South High School and from the carpentry program at Buckeye Joint Vocational School. Following high school, Dale successfully completed his apprenticeship and joined the Carpenters Union. For several years he worked alongside his father as a journeyman carpenter, and in 1988 went to work in the steel industry at Cyclops/AK Steel in Coshocton, now Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., as a steelworker and production clerk, a career that spanned over 30 years.
Dale had a way of always living life to its fullest and his love for the outdoors guided much of his leisure time. Dale was a farmer in Gilmore, raising cash crops and gardens. He enjoyed reaping the rewards of his toil, canning and freezing with his family the fruits and vegetables he grew on the farm. In addition, he sold several varieties of his sweet corn and produce at local farmer’s markets. He spent much time building and fixing things on the farm, as well as maintaining the forest on his property by clearing trees, cutting firewood, and hunting. Dale loved to bass fish with his buddies, especially enjoying trips to Long Lake in Ontario, Canada and Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, Maryland. Dale also gave time to the Boy Scout organization as an adult, serving as Scoutmaster to Troop 629 in Port Washington. In his quiet hours, Dale enjoyed reading, keeping up with today’s news and learning about the histories of yesterday, as well as following the Cleveland Indians baseball team. The only thing Dale loved more than his hobbies was his family. Dale was a kind and bighearted man, always giving generously of himself. Without doubt, his favorite avenue of giving was in the shameless spoiling of his nieces and nephew.
In addition to his father, Dale is survived by his twin sisters Polly (Duke) Stark and Penny (Thomas) Stull, both of Port Washington; his nieces and nephew, his pride and joy: Jessie Marie Stull, Elisabeth (Megan) Althouse-Stark, and Christian Stark; as well as numerous beloved aunts, uncles, special cousins, and many good friends who considered him a brother.
Along with his mother, Dale was preceded in death by his grandparents Archie & Mary Jane Veley and Clarence & Hazel Schwab.
A memorial service for Dale will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made on Dale’s behalf to the Gnadenhutten UMC, Attn: Boy Scout Troop 429, PO Box 37, Gnadenhutten, Ohio 44629. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Koch Funeral Home of Gnadenhutten.
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