Dale M. Sadler, born Sept. 14, 1911 was inducted into the Centenarian Club of Oklahoma Sept. 30 in Tulsa at the age of 101.
A native of Oklahoma near Keota, Sadler, an only child was born into the family of Ethel and Franklin Sadler. His grandfather came from Arkansas around 1860, settling near Star and Keota areas in Indian Territory. He remembers as a child traveling in a Model T from Okla. to Calif., on a plank road from Yuma to El Centro and over the sand dunes. His high school education was at Hartohorne; he attended military college and did continuing education. His career with the US Postal Service began in 1934 and was employed until his retirement on June 1, 1972. On April 9, 1937 in Tishomingo, he exchanged wedding vows with Franceil Patterson, an executive secretary. They were blessed with over 72 years of marriage and two daughters: Linda Myers and Sharon Kingsford. The family has grown to include four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. During his Marine Corps Service, July 1942 to Oct. 1958, he lived in Calif., N.Y., N.C., Kan. and served in the Solomon Islands, Okinawa, Guam and China during World War II.
Sadler is a member of the Presbyterian Church, having served on the Board of Deacons, as an elder, Synod officer and Presbytery officer. He has given 80 years of service at local and synod levels. His favorite hymn is “In the Garden.”
His hobbies include camping, reading, hunting, flishing and traveling which he continues to do. His most recent bus trips have been to New York City and Niagara Falls. He has done around 125 trips with travel companies or with his own car. The evolution of travel by horse drawn wagon to supersonic aircraft stands out as a memoriable change in his century. He is a Life Member of the Elks Club and was once in a square dance club. He has received many awards from OSU and other colleges for his philanthropic giving.
Easter is a favorite holiday because it is the celebration of new life and beginnings. Thanksgiving and Christmas are special also because of being with family. His favorite foods are homemade sausage and his wife’s chocolate pie. He attributes his long life to “the good Lord who sent him an angel to look after him”. His words of wisdom are “talk less and listen more; give thanks each morning for your blessings of the day and give the Lord a gracious heart and don’t complain”. Sadler resides at Dogwood Creek Assisting Living in his own apartment.