My father-in-law, Rev. A. Earl Dale, passed away Thursday evening after a brief illness. He was 93. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband to his late wife Delphine, a great father to his children, Larry Dale of Norwalk, Ohio, Linda Stauffer of London, OH and Lynann Layne of Temple City, California.
Earl served many churches in his long career despite having limited eyesite. Born in North Dakota and raised in Iowa, he attended Oklahoma Baptist College (now University). A graduate of Central Seminary, he served for a time as director of the Christian Center in Kansas City, MO.
Most of his pastoral career was spent in Ohio, where he served churches in Middletown, Troy, Sandusky, Loudenville, Ironton and Colton. He also served in a number of interim roles during his many years of retirement.
He was a great influence in my life. He even led the membership class I attended before being baptized August 8, 1971 at the First Baptist Church of Ironton, Ohio.
Go now, Christian soul to your rest, in the presence of the Lord whom you have served.