Dale Wesley Christison, aformer teacher at Pelham Memorial High School, passed way August 7th at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, California. He was 95 years old.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara Christison, his children Linda Christison, Gerry Christison, Bob (Heidi) Christison, Susan (Kev) Toumaian and Dave (Heather) Christison and his grandchildren Samantha Williams, Brad, Emily and Cheyne Christison, Kate Hacopian, Haley and Makenna Toumaian and Dale J. Christison.
Dale was born June 7, 1924 in Walcott Iowa, son of Roy and Nellie Christison. He graduated from West Liberty High School in Iowa where he was a talented football, basketball and baseball player. After graduation and a year at Coe College, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII from 1942-1946. Upon returning home he attended Grinnell College where he got his Bachelor’s Degree and met his soon to be wife Barbara Anderson, who he married in 1949. They moved to Gunnison, Colorado where Dale received his Master’s Degree from Western State College. They then returned to Grinnell where he taught for three years which started his lifelong teaching career.
Dale and Barbara moved on to New York where Dale continued to pursue his career in teaching at Pelham Memorial High School. There, he taught several subjects including social studies, history and drivers ed and had a brief stint as administrator. He was also a beloved track and football coach. He always said he preferred working with kids rather than adults! After retiring from Pelham High, Dale and Barbara moved to Florida and eventually ended up in Palos Verdes, California close to most of their children and grandchildren.
Dale was an avid stamp collector, trading stamps with friends all over the world. He was also an amazing woodworker and was working in his shop up until the day before he passed away. Dale and Barbara loved to travel and enjoyed taking family road trips. They were proud to have visited all 50 states over the years, both during their adventures together and with their five children.
He was an amazing man who was admired by many, especially his family and the “kids” he taught and coached 60 years ago, many of whom he was still in contact with. A small family service at sea will be held September 1st preceded by a color guard ceremony and flag presentation to honor his service to our country. September 1st would have been Dale and Barbara’s 70th wedding anniversary.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers.
He will be missed more than words can describe.