Celebrating the life of Dale Mearl Thompson
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Dale was born mechanically-minded. His mother said he had a screw driver in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other from the time he could walk. He grew up on the family ranch South of Musselshell where he was a very active, mischievous child. He was a member of the band, was in school plays and played basketball for the Musselshell Eagles. He loved motorcycles and the fast freedom riding them. He loved anything with an engine; especially the sound and power of a diesel engine. Dale was quick-witted, and a prankster extraordinaire. He graduated from Musselshell High School in 1960.
Dale worked as a rough neck, floor hand, and derrick hand before enlisting in the United States Army in 1962. He graduated from the Heavy Equipment Maintenance School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia before his Tour of Duty took him to Korea. In Korea, Dale was in the 80 2nd Engineers Battalion. He was also in the 8 64th Engineers in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam as a heavy equipment mechanic and welder.
Dale married the love of his life, Marla Treible, on May 24th, 1969. This May they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage together. He was blessed with 3 daughters (Tauni, Traci, and Tarri) and later, 3 granddaughters (Nicole, Kaitlynne, and Julia). Dale and Marla raised their family south of Musselshell. Dale worked for J & J as a truck driver for a few years before becoming a well pumper where he worked for over 20 years until his retirement. After his retirement, he continued to work on his ranch raising cattle and doing mechanic work for friends and neighbors. Dale had a strong work ethic and instilled those values in his children.
Everyone that had the blessing of knowing Dale knew that God broke the mold when they made him. Dale was truly one of a kind and always had a positive outlook on life. Dale was a true gentleman with a kind heart and always encouraged those around him. There was nothing that he could not build or an engine that he could not repair. Dale was a great neighbor and friend to many. He had a heart of gold and lived for the good times with his friends and family. He was a very humble man and proud of his military service. Above all, he was proud of his family and of their accomplishments and the people that they have become. He will be greatly missed by so many.
Dale is survived by his wife, Marla; his daughters Tauni (Mike) Einer, Traci (Jon) Booth, Tarri Thompson (Dan Palagyi); granddaughters Nicole and Julia Einer and Kaitlynne Booth. He is also survived by his Brothers-in-law: Orville (Sharon), Elton (Linda), Merlin (Connie), Butch (Jodi), Roger (Judie) and Sisters-In-Law: Joanne (Dennis), Gerri (Don), and Michelle. He is also survived by his niece Alice (Tom) Osborne and nephews: Jim, Frank, and Ron Thompson. He has been reunited with his parents, Mearl and Alice Thompson and his brother, Leslie. Dale is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Funeral Services will be held at Saint Benedicts Catholic Church in Roundup Montana on March 11th at 11:00 am. There will be an open-viewing visitation at the church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service. Burial with Military Honors will be immediately following at the Musselshell Cemetery South of Musselshell, MT. There will be a luncheon at the Musselshell School following the burial. Memorials may be made to Friends of The Musselshell School: PO Box 14, Musselshell, MT 59059. Wier Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.wierfuneralhome.com.
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503 Main Street
Roundup, MT 59072
503 Main Street
Roundup, MT 59072
175 South Musselshell Road
Musselshell, MT 59059