Dale Dues was a stand-up guy who made sacrifices to serve his community. The retired fire department chief and Minster-area businessman was remembered by his friends, family and co-workers recently, following the funeral service that honored his life.
Dues was 70 years old when he passed away earlier this month; he had been fighting cancer since receiving a diagnosis last fall. He spent 40 years on the Minster-Jackson Township Fire Department and 20 of those years as its leader.
Fire Chief Richard Prenger made note of that dedication.
“You realize what a commitment and sacrifice that is,” Prenger said.
He called Dues a mentor and said he leaned on him for advice over the past five years.
“He loved the fire service, there is no doubt,” Prenger said and described him as level headed; Dues never got too excited.
His long-time assistant chief Ed Roetgerman also attested to his leadership ability and said all the fire fighters respected Dues.
Margaret Dues was Dale’s wife of 45 years. She explained as the fire chief of a small town, Dues learned just about every address and would know the family name as the address came across the scanner.
“Every call is personal,” Margaret said.
His commitment and involvement in the community was recognized in 2013 when he was named the Minster Civic Association’s citizen of the year. She said he never knew a stranger in the business or in the department.
Read the full story in the April 5 edition of The Community Post.