Dale A. Rigdon III, 75, of Warsaw peacefully met his Lord and Savior at 5:33 PM, Thursday, April 15, 2021 while surrounded by his loving family. Dale was ushered into heaven as the hymn, “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” was playing in the background. He was born January 26, 1946 in Warsaw to Dale JR and Charline (Newlon) Rigdon. He met Gloria J. Warrick on a blind date on October 10, 1964, eventually marrying her on July 15, 1967. Together they shared 53 years and nine months together.
Dale graduated from Warsaw High School in 1964 and attended both Vincennes University and I.U.P.U. of Fort Wayne. He worked as an Operating Room Technician for Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne before working for DePuy, retiring after 37 years of dedicated employment. Dale was honorably discharged from The United States Navy where he served during Vietnam as a Corpsman on the New Jersey Battleship.
Dale was a devoted follower of Jesus and was a member of St Annes Episcopal Church and Warsaw Wesleyan, where he was a member for 26 years. He was active in disciple groups, the Helping Hands Ministry Soup Kitchen and went on two mission trips to Haiti.
He enjoyed fishing, boating, collecting coins, stamps and listening to music, especially the oldies from the 60’s and 70’s. He had a one of a kind of sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. Most of all, Dale cherished spending time with family and friends.
Dale is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gloria, two daughters, Christine (Dennis) Jameson of Arkansas, Sarah (Tim) Frame of Warsaw; three grandchildren, Brett Stephens, Landon Frame and Brennen Frame; a sister, Renee (Ron) Holt of South Carolina and niece Kathleen (Johnnie) Howard of New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Dale's life will be held at 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Living Hope Ministries, 595 East 350 North, Warsaw, Pastor Hedgel Perry will be officiating the service. Military honors presented by the United Sates Navy will follow the celebration of life. A memorial visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until the time of the service.
Donations in honor of Dale may be given to The Alzheimer’s Association, The Wounded Warriors Project or Samaritans Purse. Envelopes will be available at the service.
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