Dale Ervin Fleming, 79 of Billings, MT died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 of natural causes, with his wife by his side.
Dale was born Sept. 16, 1933 to Paul and Lydia Fleming of Billings, MT. After high school Dale enlisted into the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. Dale left the ship with a medal of good conduct in 1956. Dale stayed in the Navy Reserves until 1960.
Dale came back to Billings and became a police officer for the next 20 years. He retired as Detective Dale Fleming. Dale worked for another 20 years as a food broker for Bromar Tristate. He was a very hard worker, always tinkering and building things around the house. Some of his greatest projects were the swimming pool, steam house and back covered deck, to which we all enjoyed.
In 1956, Dale married the love of his life, Patricia Zent on September 22, 1956. To this union four children were born; Wade, Neil, John and Dennis.
Dale loved the outdoors, taking his sons hunting, fishing and exploring. He loved those sons, always helping them in any way he could. From being the president of a baseball league to taking them to Hunters Safety classes. Dale taught those boys to treat people with kindness and respect. On the way back from one hunting trip, the sons would ask, “How much further before we get home?” Dale would say, “When you see the lights in the sky above the city, we will be close to home.” From this day on, that light above the city will shine brighter than ever before.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Ester Riechenberg. He is survived by his wife Pat; his sons Wade (Patty), John (Cindy), Dennis (Pam) all of Billings, and Neil (Debbie) of Absarokee; grandchildren Jennifer, Stephanie, Joshua, Andrea, Lindsey and Jamie; along with several great-grandchildren.
Dale’s kindness and strength of character will forever be remembered. Until we meet again, we love you.