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October 6, 1939 ~ March 4, 2022. Surrounded by the love of family and friends, Dale L. Pedersen went to be with his Lord March 4, 2022

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dale L. PedersenSurrounded by the love of family and friends, Dale L. Pedersen went to be with his Lord March 4, 2022. Dale is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Ray (Stacy); grandchildren, Caleb and Lucas; daughter, Kristy (Tom); brothers, Chris and Darold; sister, Yvonne; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dale had three "chosen" granddaughters, Shelby, Lizz (Garrett), and Rachel (Cody), and "chosen" great-grandson Kannon along with numerous "chosen" children. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Edna Pedersen and older brother Richard.

Dale shared love generously, as is evidenced by the number of chosen family who claim him as their own. He considered each one a blessing; each one will tell you the love of Dale and Marlene is the true blessing.

Dale was born October 6, 1939, in the Pendleton area. Dale graduated from Oregon City High School in 1957. He served in the Marines from 1958-1961. After mustering out of the Marines, he became a firefighter for Corvallis Fire Department in 1962, retiring 27 years later in 1989. Dale considered being an engineer the best job in the department.

In 1967 he met the love of his life, Marlene Fraley, a senior at Oregon State University. Marlene lived with Maybell and Eldon, Dale's fellow firefighter at CFD. Dale was helping Eldon build a boat. Maybell and Eldon liked doing puzzles; Marlene was helping them put a puzzle together and Dale started coming in from boat building to help with puzzle building. By the time the puzzle was complete, Dale and Marlene were dating. Many of their dates included trips chasing the Evening Star to the coast. After graduation, Marlene took a job as a teacher in Hood River. Dale would drive his green MG 145 miles one-way just to spend a few hours with her and then turn around and drive back to Corvallis.

Dale and Marlene married July 7, 1968. Their wedding present from Maybell and Eldon was the framed puzzle they helped build.

Dale was a prankster who loved telling a joke and spinning a yarn. While he loved the fresh mountain air of elk camp, it was the time spent trading stories with his brothers he adored. He had a special relationship with sister Yvonne who shared his love of fishing and tying flies.

When he wasn't spending time with family or enjoying the outdoors, he was active in service to his community. After he and Marlene retired to Powell Butte, Dale served on the Crook County Fire and Rescue Board for 15 years. He was a Gideon and an active member of the Powell Butte Christian Church, where he served for over 20 years in multiple different capacities. Every Wednesday he was up at four and out the door to make coffee and breakfast for Men's Bible Study. His kitchen prowess and rolls will be missed at church functions and the Lord's Acre sale. Dale's easy smile, twinkling eyes, quick wit, and propensity to mercilessly tease those he loved will be profoundly missed.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Powell Butte Christian Church (New Commercial Convection Oven Fund). Services will be held at Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 SW Highway 126, Powell Butte, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Service will also be streamed online at https://www.youtube.com/c/PowellButteChristianChurch.

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