Dale William Gressman, Sr.

Born: Wed., Jan. 4, 1928
Died: Sat., Nov. 17, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Service

9:00 AM Sat., Dec. 01, 2012
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


10:30 AM Sat., Dec. 01, 2012
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Dale Gressman died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the age of 84.  He was born in Stockton, Utah, in 1928, and was the 6th child of Melvin and Alba Gressman.

At 17 he joined the Army.  The end of World War II saw him entering a new phase of his life.  He went to work for his brother Gerald’s mining company in Idaho. Brother Gerald sent him to work in Death Valley, CA, where he met his sweetheart Carolynn and they married in 1953.  In 1955 their first son Dale Jr was born and in 1957 son Max completed their family.

In 1960 he moved the family to California and went to work for Pittsburg Glass in Lone Pine.  In 1969 he went to work for Cal Portland Cement in Mojave.  He was very involved with the boys’ sports, organizing and coaching.

Due to a back injury in 79 he retired.  Carolynn received a promotion to Post Master in Summerland and the two of them moved to Carpinteria.  While there he served as President of the Santa Barbara Lions  Club and was active in the Elks.

He and wife Carolynn were avid campers and loved their weekend excursions.  They worked tirelessly raising money and collecting glasses to be donated to the Lions Club. 

When Carolynn retired they moved to Bakersfield He started out as a member of a friends pit crew and at 70 years old he began racing his own car in the Hobby Stock category.

In 2004 they moved to Pendleton where he cared for his ailing wife until she passed away in 2008. Earlier this year he moved to Sunridge where he lived until his death.  Dale is preceded in death by his wife Carolynn, his parents and 9 siblings.  He is survived by sons Dale of Pendleton and Max of Bakersfield, CA, grandchildren Andrea and Dale of Pendleton, Lacey of Germany, and Cortnie of Bakersfield, California as well as brother Don Gressman of Palm Desert, California.

Viewing will be held at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton on Friday, November 30th from 4:00pm – 7:00 pm.  Services will be held at the Church of Latter Day Saints at 9:00am Saturday, December 1st.  He will be laid to rest next to his wife Carolynn at Olney Cemetery following the service.  Send condolences online at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. 

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Ken DeRose
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012

Please accept my condolences. My Father passed away in 2006. I still miss him and have not gotten over from it.

God, gives us strength !

Ken DeRose

Liz Gates
   Posted Wed December 05, 2012
Dale and Max,

I am so glad that I got to see Uncle Dale in August. I am going to miss him dearly. He was a great man, I will always have such wonderful memories of him.

on Tombleson
   Posted Thu December 06, 2012
Dale and Family
My condolences my friend, words are easy so I want to be short as possible.
For sure I want to let you know I care.
My condolences.

George/Elizabeth Scott
   Posted Mon December 17, 2012
Dale was a very dear friend who we first met as neighbors in Bakersfield, CA. He became George's pit crew at the Bakersfield Speedway and at 70 got a chance to drive his own car. The expression on his face was that of a child seeing Santa putting presents under the tree.
WE will always have fond memories of both Dale and Carolyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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