Dale McCormick - January 25, 2014
Dale M. “Meek” McCormick died and was called home to be with God on Jan. 25, 2014. He was born June 9, 1946, to Lloyd and Mildred Yates McCormick of Holyoke.
Dale was a man of few words and was very private. He had a wonderful life and was blessed with a loving family and many friends, all of whom he cherished. His childhood was spent in Holyoke, where he graduated from high school in 1964. Those who knew him well called him Meek.
After high school, Dale attended Northeastern Junior College and Cameron University, where he studied business and economics. He was drafted into the military in 1968. Dale received helicopter training in the Army and also became an officer.
After his training, he was sent to Vietnam, where he received many medals, including an accommodation from the Vietnamese government, Bronze Star for going above and beyond the call of duty, Air Medal with 32 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and three-time Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters.
He also served as strike force and battery commander and aviation instructor for the military. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1975 with final rank of captain. After the Army, Dale worked for Highline Electric, was a volunteer firefighter and helped maintain the local golf course.
After a few years, he went back into flying and was a crop duster using the helicopter. Later, he moved on and was a pilot for KREM2 News, Price Aeromotive and N.A. Degerstrom as a corporate pilot. For a short period he left flying and went back to his hometown and worked for Jack’s Bean and then Carruthers Trucking.
He returned to Washington state and resumed his flying career with Panhandle Helicopters where he did many different jobs, including counting elk with the forest service, fighting forest fires, charter flights and Christmas tree harvest. For a short period, he was a referee in wrestling and traveled to meets all across northeastern Colorado.
Dale retired from flying in 2008. He enjoyed naps, the Spokane Indians, golf and any good football or baseball game. He enjoyed his dogs and traveling. Dale loved his family and was a very good friend to all. He was a fantastic dad and followed the old adage, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad.”
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd McCormick and Mildred Yates McCormick; brother, Willis McCormick; a baby sister; and other family members, including one grandson.
He is survived by his spouse, Cathy McCormick; son, Casey McCormick of Spokane, Wash.; son, Kyle McCormick and wife Christina, and grandchildren Travis and Andria Sanborn and Dalton and Joe McCormick of Spokane; daughter, Connie Osborne and husband Douglas, and grandchildren Mason and Linnea Osborne of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Lyle McCormick and wife Connie of Bellvue and Eldon McCormick and wife Bette Lou of Holyoke; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and his special buddies, Simon and Paco.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Vets Hall in Holyoke, 229 E. Denver St.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to one of the following veterans organizations: Lewis-McChord Fisher House, 9999 Wilson Ave, JBLM, WA 98433, or online at www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=780, select Fisher House at Lewis-McChord from the drop-down menu on the right; or Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, 4815 N. Assembly, Spokane, WA 99205, or e-donations can be made at http://www.spokane.va.gov/giving/index.asp.