Dale left us peacefully on Friday, October 4, 2019.
He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on October 31, 1947. He grew up there, attending St. Paul’s Lutheran School, and Michigan Lutheran Seminary, from which he graduated in 1965. He then attended Delta College and Ferris State University, majoring in Graphic Arts. While in college, Dale was a member of the golf team, proudly earning a zero handicap.
Following college, Dale served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves, from which he was honorably discharged in 1974.
Dale had a long and successful career in Marketing, spending more than twenty-five years with Wickes Lumber in Saginaw and Vernon Hills, Illinois, and over ten years with Sears Hardware and Orchard Supply Hardware, both in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and San Jose, California. He then embarked on a position as Director of a shelter for victims of domestic violence, where his compassion and generosity of spirit enabled him to help others move toward a secure and fulfilling life. More recently, Dale worked as a part-time sales associate at Ace Hardware in Hollister, California, where his first-hand experience and extensive knowledge of the building trades made him a natural for the information counter (or Hub), earning him the affectionate nickname “Hubby”. In 2017, he and his wife moved to South Carolina to begin a well-deserved retirement.
As an artist working in pen & ink, watercolor, and acrylic, Dale created many beautiful works, exhibiting at galleries, museums, county fairs, and public buildings in California and South Carolina. He was a member of the Hollister Art League, the San Benito Arts Council, and the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild. During the past two years, Dale rediscovered his talent as a wire tree sculptor, designing both free-standing and wall-mounted pieces for family members and collectors.
In addition to playing golf for many years, Dale was an avid fisherman; he particularly enjoyed salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, and fishing for bass and perch on Crystal Lake in Illinois. He spent many happy hours teaching his son, Cory, the finer points and the enjoyment of the sport.
Dale was also a great lover of animals. He served as President of the Board of Directors of Pet Friends and Rescue, a non-profit animal shelter in Hollister, California.
Dale was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Erna (Clabusch) Yarmuth, and his first wife, Christine (Fox) Yarmuth. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-eight years, Marge (Kazmierski) Yarmuth, son Cory (Aimee Briggs), daughters Heidi (Ron) Chiluk, and Emma (Quinton Pemberton) Yarmuth, along with ten beautiful grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Dave (Joan) Yarmuth, Duane (Diane) Yarmuth, sister-in-law Sandy Yarmuth, brother-in-law Charles (Patricia) Kazmierski, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Dale’s outrageous sense of humor made us all laugh often and long over the years. His selflessness and gentle nature touched so many, and he found the greatest satisfaction in helping lighten the burdens of others. We believe that God has a special place for him where we will someday all laugh and love again together. Our hearts are shattered, but they will slowly heal, knowing that our beloved Dale is at peace.
The family will provide information at a later date regarding memorial services. In lieu of flowers, should you wish to honor Dale with a contribution in his memory, please consider the Open Arms Foundation www.OpenArmsFoundation.net of Embrace Hospice House, or a charity benefiting those impacted by Parkinson’s Disease or domestic violence.
To view these details online or to offer words of comfort through the online guestbook, kindly visit the funeral home website at, www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, (843.651.1440) is honored to be assisting the family.