Dale Milton Deselms
- Born: 24 Mar 1929, Lamar, Chase County, Nebraska
- Marriage: Patricia Ann Davis on 1 Aug 1948 in Wray, Yuma County, Colorado
- Died: 25 Dec 2001, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado at age 72
- Buried: 28 Dec 2001, Holyoke Memorial Park Cemetery, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1930, Nebraska, Furnas County, Edison Township, Edison Village, Image 7 of 7. Age 1 yr.
• Census, 1940, Colorado, Yuma County, Northeast Wray Township, Image 2 of 4. Age 11 yrs.
• Obituary: Holyoke Enterprise, 3 Jan 2002, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado. Dale "Fuzz" M. Deselms, age 72, of Holyoke was born on March 24, 1929 to Orville Deselms and Dorothy Gibson Deselms in Lamar, Nebraska. He died on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke.
Dale grew up in Wray. He graduated from the Wray High School in 1947. He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Davis at the First Christian Church in Wray on August 1, 1948, and to this union five children were born.
Dale and his family moved to Holyoke in 1955 to help run a cleaning business with his uncle, Milton Deselms. He left the cleaning business to work for the City of Holyoke. He worked 16 years for the Holyoke Coop and retired in February 1989.
Watching the young athletes of the Holyoke High School was one of Dale's greatest joys. He would bus the "Over 70 Gang" to all of their games. His last memorable moment happened at the Goodland basketball tournament when the Holyoke girls basketball team came up to Dale and shook his hand and thanked him for driving the "70's Gang" to all the sporting events. Dale's children were always teasing him about driving his friends to their doctors' appointments and which one of them would be driving him. For his 70th birthday they gave him his prized sign that read "Fuzz's Bus the 70 & Over Gang." Dale and his bus made several trips to Laramie to watch his grandson play football for the University of Wyoming.
Dale's garden was his "small" hobby and he enjoyed sharing it with his friends in Holyoke. His ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren brought him much joy. He was always willing to share a story about them.
In 1996 Dale was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and began chemotherapy treatments. The memories of his love and dedication to his family will be carried on by his survivors.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife Patricia.
Dale is survived by four daughters, Leslie Werner and husband Duane of Holyoke, Laraine Toliver and husband Jerry of Houston, Texas, Laurie Lock and husband Lester of Frankfort, Indiana and Jennifer Spear of Richardson, Texas; one son, Jeffrey Deselms and wife Deanna of Holyoke; 10 grandchildren, Phillip Garland and wife Kelley of Kersey, Stephanie Thomas and husband Jason of Greeley, Ashley and Erin Toliver of Houston, Texas, Lisa Davison and husband David of Ogallala, Nebraska, Marla Black and husband Michael of West Lebanon, Indiana, Adam Lock and wife Jamee of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Rhys Spear of Richardson, Texas, Mindy Hill and husband Robert of Lubbock, Texas and Andrew Deselms of Holyoke; eight great-grandchildren, Kaycee and Karlee Garland, Grant Thomas, Treg, Hannah and Haley Davison, Molly Black and Allyson Lock; one sister, Wilma Maxine Scoville of Brush; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Dale M. Deselms were conducted on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Holyoke with minister Jim Blake officiating. Interment followed in Holyoke Memorial Park.
Dale married Patricia Ann Davis, daughter of Robert William Davis and Philetta Josephine Weber, on 1 Aug 1948 in Wray, Yuma County, Colorado. (Patricia Ann Davis was born on 19 Sep 1931 in Jetmore, Hodgeman County, Kansas, died on 10 Oct 1988 in Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado and was buried in Holyoke Memorial Park Cemetery, Holyoke, Phillips County, Colorado.)