Dale Elwood Van Horne passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital at the age of 92.
Born in Macoun Saskatchewan, Dale became use to working hard on the family farm during the depression and eagerly joined the Royal Canadian Navy before he was of legal age to do so. Once discharged from the Navy in 1945, Dale went to work assisting in providing for his family and soon found his passion in the trucking industry where he became one of the pioneers of the BC Line Drivers. Even though Dale never considered himself to be retired, he pulled his last trip in 1999 at the age of 75. Dale was a long-standing member of the Masons, belonging to the Milestone Lodge in Saskatchewan since 1947. Dale was known to everyone that he met as an extremely hard working, dedicated and honest man that would assist anyone at any time. Dale met a genuinely caring and special lady Doreen Bailey which he held in such high regard and they were married in 1951. Always a strong virtued and determined man of unmovable integrity, Dale worked hard to provide for his family while still enjoying time to speak at length with anyone he met and share his friendly humour.
Dale is survived by his sons, Richard (Celinda) and Darrell (Chloe); sister Lois; nieces Lori and Elaine (Mark), Pat (Graeme), Helen (Stewart); grandchildren Colby (Nicholas), Jessica (Luc), Levi (Amber), Jacqueline, Kirsten and Carson and five great grandchildren along with many great nieces and nephews.
Dale was predeceased by his parents Richard and Clara; wife Doreen; brothers, Dayton and Wayne and his daughter Beth.
Dale will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by all those that knew him.
The family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Goldberg and his colleagues for their caring patience and assisting Dad to “have one more year to stay at home to enjoy his deck” several times. Many thanks also go to the staff at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Bastion Place and the local crews of the BC Ambulance Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society which Dale felt very passionate about.
A celebration of life will be held in August in Salmon Arm.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through Dale’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.