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Dale F. Geibel

October 3, 1950 - December 23, 2018

I lost my best friend on Sunday. He quietly left this world after he grew tired of dealing with cancer. He was born in Salem, the son of William and Wilma Geibel, and was happy to live here all his life. Dale was never one to talk much about himself unless it was a funny story, and of those there are many. He smiled easy, had a big laugh and always had a friendly greeting for anyone he met. He loved the beauty and calm of the outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, camping, a little hiking and skiing, gardening, floating in his drift boat and most recently, an avid birder. One of his favorite places was Malheur Wildlife Refuge, but he was just as happy checking out the birds at Ankeny. 

He reveled in a good party - sometimes, the life of it. He was a great host, made a perfect cocktail, cooked a mean breakfast and loved to barbecue. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was an animal lover and a people person, being in the customer service business for over 45 years. He was a loving family man, taking us on many adventures, and we always had fun.

Dale is survived by his wife Tammie, with whom he shared over 50 years of his life. His beloved sons Brandon and Taylor, and grandchildren Terence and Alyssa, his brothers Bill (Linda) and Allen and sister Sue (Bill) Miller. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, countless friends, and his favorite sister-in-law, Marty McNamee and husband Joe, all of whom he cherished.

I wish to thank Dr. Charles Petrunin - you are a gem - and all the staff at Oregon Oncology Specialists, and Salem Health Cancer Institute. If you had to be there, they are the best. We would also like to thank Willamette Valley Hospice for their outstanding care and compassion. If you wish to make a contribution in Dale's memory, we suggest Garten Services at Day Break - where Taylor likes to hang out - 500 Hawthorne Ave. SE, 97301. Also, Willamette Valley Hospice at 1015 3rd St. NW 97304, or a charity of your choice.

As Dale struggled with some adversity from his health issues, I would tell him he was still my Knight in Shining Armour, and he would say he was just getting a little rusty.

Join Dale’s family and friends for a Celebration of Life on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Illahe Hills Country Club (3376 Country Club Dr. South).  It will be a drop in from 2:00 – 4:00.


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My sincere condolences to all of Dale’s family and friends. We have lost a mighty fine fellow who always had a funny story to tell and a big smile on his face. I will miss my visits with Dale regardless of weather or not the visit was on the street in front of my house as he passed by or while sitting on a bar stool at the Ol Triangle Tavern. May many fine memories sustain you all.

Our sincere condolences to Tammie and your family for your loss. Sincerely, Paul and Leona Farrell