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Dale Lewis Kirsch
August 31, 1933 - June 2, 2018

Dale Lewis Kirsch, 84 years old, passed away June 2, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.  He died peacefully, surrounded by love, with his family by his side.  Dale was born August 31, 1933, in the Crabtree Logging Camp on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River to parents Ira Kirsch and Alma (Nendel) Kirsch.  He graduated from Stayton High School in 1951 and was a star running back for the Stayton Eagles football team. After high school he went to Oregon Technology Institute in Klamath Falls for two years and graduated as a refrigeration engineer. Upon graduation, Dale joined the army and served in Okinawa.  He was discharged honorably in 1956.   After being discharged from the army he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Robl, in 1956.  They started a family in Four Corners, now part of Salem.

In 1959 Dale and Mary bought a 72-acre farm in the Scio-Jordan area where they raised cattle and hay while Dale continued working at the Stayton Canning Company as a refrigeration engineer.  He worked for some time at Truitt Brothers Canning in Salem before buying a Western Auto store in Mill City in 1972.  He converted it into a True Value Hardware store which he and Mary owned and operated for 30 years until 2002.  After closing Kirsch True Value, Dale and Mary owned and operated the Mountain Edge Café.  Dale was a volunteer fireman in Mill City for 20 years and served on the Mill City Rural Fire Protection District board of directors.  He was a member of the local Lions Club International for 40 years.  He was also a member of the North Santiam Historical Society and labored in the restoration of the Canyon Life Museum.  Dale also served as a school bus driver.  He was a pillar of the community, friend to many, and enemy of none.  He will be missed by all.

Dale is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Faith (Robl) Kirsch; his five children, Bryan Kirsch; Kimberly Butt; Timothy Kirsch; Cynthia Zosel; and Gail Park; his brother Gordon Kirsch, and sisters Shirley Hamilton and Elsetta Schotthoefer.  He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by parents Ira Kirsch and Alma (Nendel) Kirsch; brother Lawrence Kirsch, who died in WW II; and sister Arleta Barkmeyer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Gates Community Church, 40070 Gates School Rd., Gates OR, on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to Lions Club International Foundation Disaster Relief Program. Private interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Stayton. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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