PRYOR, OK —
Dale M. Sadler, 102, Muskogee, formerly of Pryor, died March 15 at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
He was born at Star, near Keota, on Sept. 14, 1911. He grew up traveling with his parents. They lived in Arizona and California. They settled at Hartshorne in 1928. He graduated from high school in 1932 and took a course in business administration. He went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in 1934. He married Franceil Patterson in 1934. They lived in Ada while she completed her degree in education and business administration at East Central University.
In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served on active duty until 1945, when he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserves. In 1943, he was selected as an instruction for the first class of female Marines at Hunter College in New York. He served as a tactics instructor at Camp Lejeune, N.C. before serving on Okinawa and Iwo Jima, in China and Japan. Due to injuries sustained in World War II, he retired after 16-years of service with the rank of master sergeant.
In 1956, the family moved from Newton, Kan., to a farm near Pryor where they raised sheep, chickens and cattle for 49 years.
From 1945 until his retirement in 1972, Sadler worked on U.S. Postal Service mail cars between Newton, Kan. and Fort Worth, Texas, ending his career at the main post office in Tulsa.
Sadler was known for his purebred Hampshire sheep. His sheep won the honor of grand champion at various shows and fairs. He worked for Kansas and Oklahoma Presbyteries and Oklahoma Synod due to his longtime membership in the Presbyterian Church. He served as a deacon, elder, trustee and church relations adviser. He and his wife set up scholarships and endowments at several colleges in the United States.
He often said his greatest joy came from his family. He enjoyed traveling and visiting about his trips with anyone who would listen. He continued to take motor coach trips with friends and his wife until she died in 2005.
Sadler is survived by his daughters, Linda and Wayne Myers, Pryor, Sharon Kingsford of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren Michael and Stephanie Myers, Sunrise, Fla., Melissa and Steve Capps, Pryor; Bryan and Mary Myers, Pryor, Robin Barchus, Eugene, Ore.; great-grandsons, Jacob and Chelsea Capps, Claremore, Lucas Capps, Pryor, Drey Harley, Eugene, Ore.; great-great-grandsons, Jameson and Ryker Capps, Claremore; sister-in-law Mary Catherine Curtis, Fayetteville, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his wife Franceil, parents Gus and Ethel Sadler and granddaughter Diane Barchus.
A memorial service is Monday, March 24, 10:30 a.m., at the First Christian-Presbyterian Church in Pryor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in his name to the church or charity of your choice.