The value of a man is not measured by what he does for himself, but measured by what he has done for others. If we measured the value of Dale his cup would runneth over.
Dale was an Army vet, retired police officer and sheriff deputy and was the picture of good health. So it was with great surprise when Dale received his diagnosis of stage 4 Glioblastoma in August 2012. Dale never stopped to question why he was struck with this horrible disease. He never complained, even on the days that cancer had the upper hand. Dale received his treatment at Froedtert Hospital, submitting himself to various therapies, taking whatever each day had to throw at him.
Remarkable, amazing, passionate, inspiring, spirited, committed, tenacious, patient, generous, infectious, respectful, empathetic, and unconditional love are all words that have been used to describe Dale. He was a wonderful husband, father and papa. Dale lived his life with a “do it now” attitude, seizing every moment as if it was his last and never looking back.
Dale was filled with a passion for life and he gave so much of his life to everyone around him. He committed his life serving others from the US Army to the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Washington County Sheriff Department, his duty was to serve and protect others, but his commitments did not stop there. Dale was instrumental in Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Brain Cancer Research. In the spirit of Dale's generosity and tenaciousness, he donated his brain to the Medical College to continue his goal of Kicking Cancer's Ass and finding a cure.
Dale lived his life to the fullest. In summing him up, he had a saying that he lived by;
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain.