Dale Edward Stark, 86, of Orange, passed away March 10. A Military honor graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Officiating will be his nephew, the Rev. Ricky VanPay.
Born in Lisbon, Oh, May 30, 1929, he was the son of Fred Stark and Lydia McCorkhill Stark. Dale loved his family and spending summers with them in Ohio. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling. Dale was a proud Aggie Paw who loved Aggie football and the Dallas Cowboys. He retired from Allied Chemical in Orange and served in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Opal Thornton Stark; Parents-in-law, Floye and Arnold Thornton and Velma and James Sellers, Sr.; brothers, William, Wilbur and Melvin Stark; sisters, Florence McCartney and Ada Barborak.
He is survived by his wife of almost 27 years, Meredith Sellers Stark; children, Kathy Ocraman Henson, of Orange and Letha Ocraman Irving and husband Robert, Sr., of Hemphill; grandchildren, Victoria Irving Gregg and husband Tyler, of Garland, Ilyssa Irving Condra and husband Ross, of San Antonio and Robert Irving, Jr., of College Station; Godchildren, Tom Kenon Perry and Hillary Joyce Perry DeBord and his sisters, Pearl Manns, of Rensselaer, In. and Katherine Meissner and husband John, of Salem, Oh. and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Irving, Sr., Robert Irving, Jr., Tyler Gregg, Ross Condra, Tom Kenon Perry and Josh Marhofer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dr. Laurence Rice for the Houston Methodist Foundation for Myeloma Research F.B.O., at 6550 Fannin St #1101, Houston, TX 77030.