Dale L. Hill
November 24, 1936 - July 29, 2016
Dale L. Hill was born on 11-24-36 in Deadwood, SD. He passed away on 7-29-16 in Salem, OR, at 79 years of age. He was in Salem Hospital for 10 days before his death. After being transported to the hospital by ambulance on 7-19-16 with severe shortness of breath, due to his congestive heart failure, he was diagnosed with Sepsis blood poisoning. The next day, the infection went into his artificial knee. They were concerned it might go to his pace-maker, and since he was pace-maker dependent, they took him into surgery on Friday night as soon as they could get his INR blood coagulation ratio to a safe level for surgery. He had several medical issues going on, but was feeling a little better on Sunday and Monday. They put in a pick-line for him to receive I.V. antibiotics for 6-8 weeks, and they were planning on him going to a rehab facility before he could go home. The doctors were so encouraged that his body was finally responding to treatment. However, on Monday evening he became very ill with massive internal bleeding, and he was losing more blood than they could replace. Once again, as soon as they could get the INR down, they took him back into surgery Tuesday evening and tried to stop the bleeding. After the surgery was complete, he went into Cardiac Arrest for 30 minutes. They were able to keep him alive, but there was a possibility that he had suffered brain damage. About 3 hours later he went into Cardiac Arrest again for 11 minutes. Again, they kept him alive, but he never regained consciousness. Salem Hospital's Band of Angels did everything within their power to help keep him living. He never wanted to be kept alive on life support, so we had to make the worst decision of our life and let him go. With his family by his side, we prayed for him, sang to him, shared memories with each other, and filled the room with love for a very Special man that we were all so blessed to have in our life!!!!!! Dale struggled so hard to live and breath for the last year due to his congestive heart failure. He is at peace now, God Bless him!!!
Dale was a true fighter and no matter how he felt, he always told everyone he was fantastic with a smile on his face! He was a loving, sweet and wonderful man; so true, so kind, so gentle, so thoughtful, and loved by everyone who knew him. He was the best Husband, Daddy Dale, Papa Dale, Grandpa, Brother-in-law, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Friend and Sweetheart that any of us could have ever known!!!
Dale was raised in Inglewood, CA, and went on to college where he played football for the Idaho Vandals. He then joined the Army, spending his active duty time in Germany. After the Army, he joined the Inglewood Fire Department and worked his way up to Fire Chief. In 1979, he was hired as the Fire Chief for Salem. Dale later started Liberty Financial Services, an Investment Brokerage Firm.
Dale has always loved all sports, especially football and going to the Beaver football games with his buddy, Bill. When he was younger he was an avid water skier and spent a lot of time on the Colorado River. He owned several boats and loved being out in the ocean and also enjoyed scuba diving!!! He had fun hunting, fishing, golfing, and enjoyed music, dancing and going to concerts! He and Marilou enjoyed traveling for many of their 36 years together, including traveling to Europe. For over 20 years, he enjoyed going camping with family and friends and taking the Grandchildren camping in the motor home, one of the greatest joys in his life!!! He thought he was so blessed to enjoy God’s country with his beautiful Grandchildren! He loved to go razor clam digging, ride bikes, play games and sit around the camp fire! He was a very patriotic man and was so proud to be an American! Dale belonged to the Salem Elks as well as the American Legion. He also was a Past President of Salem Life Underwriters Association and served on their board for several years.
In 1980, Dale met Marilou, the love of his life, and she gave him the beautiful family that he had always wished for!!! He is survived by son Ron Olstedt of Phoenix, AZ, his daughter Sheri & husband Sean Dooney of Portland, OR, and 7 Grandchildren: Brian, Sean Michael, Meagan, Danny, Erin, Ronan, and Molly. Also his daughter Tami & husband Tim Tyler of Tucson, AZ, and 6 Grandchildren: Jason, Ashli, Amy, Ryan, Maria, Sophia, and Great Grandson, Izea. He leaves behind his brother-in-law and Beaver buddy Bill Pringle, his 2 dear nieces Autumn Peele & family and Kelly Baldwin & family, as well as his sweet Aunt Mary, Uncle Duane, and many wonderful Cousins! Dale will always love his beautiful family with all his heart and forever thank God for his wonderful blessings!
Services will be 3:30pm Monday, August 8, 2016 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1444 Liberty St. SE), immediately followed by a Celebration of Dale's Life, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Dye House (Willamette Heritage Center - 1313 Mill St. SE) in Salem.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Dale's memory to West Salem Rotary (PO Box 5438, Salem, OR 97304) where he was a past President and was so proud to have 29 years of perfect attendance. Dale felt that Rotary International stood for what he has always believed in: Service Above Self!!!!!!!!!