Dale E. Sterling
Sr., age 75 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015.
He was born June
17, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Paul and Estelle (Williams) Sterling,
who preceded him in death.
On October 6, 1962
in Valparaiso, he married Jacquelyn (Miller) Sterling, who survives in
Valparaiso. Also surviving are his children: Jon (Joyce) Miller of
Chesterton, Cynthia (Andy) Sterling Herrold of Valparaiso, Dale E. Sterling,
Jr. of Valparaiso, and a granddaughter that he helped raise, Brooke Sterling
of Hammond; grandchildren: Michael Doyle II of Valparaiso, Guy (Hannah)
Trueblood, Whitney and Abigail Herrold all of Valparaiso, Brian Miller and
Katelyn Miller of Chesterton and Blake Sterling of Westville; three
great-grandchildren: Michael Doyle III and Dominick both of Chesterton, and
Julianna Storbeck of Valparaiso; a sister Barbara (Tom) Doran of Germantown,
WI; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held
at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso. A service
celebrating his life was held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Chesterton,
on January 5, 2015, with Fr. Thomas Kincaid officiating. Burial took place
at Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton.
Dale was a US Army
Veteran. He worked in the power department at Inland Steel in East Chicago
for 32 years and was a member of the Steelworker Union, Local 1010. He was a
member for over 25 years of the Chesterton Calumet Lodge #379 of the Masons
and the Moose Lodge in Chesterton. He served as the first Republican
Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 16 for over 20 years and was a dedicated
volunteer with the Porter County Red Ribbon Committee. He was also an avid
Ohio State University fan. Dale was deeply dedicated to his faith and
family. He proudly claimed that his boss was a Jewish carpenter, which
inspired him to be an avid prayer warrior for countless people. He was a
longtime member of the Episcopal Church and a member of the walk to Emmaus
contributions may be made to the Porter County Animal Shelter or to the
Porter County Red Ribbon Campaign.