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Dale D. Helton, 83, of Fishing Creek Township, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Maria Hall, Danville, PA.
He was born November 6th, 1934 to A. E. Wilson Helton and Mildred Irene (Trumphour) Helton in Bath, Ohio and was one of 5 children. He and his wife, Carole F. Helton, would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on December 29th.
Dale was a 1952 graduate of Stow High School in Ohio and attended Kent State University and then entered the U. S. Air Force. He served in the Air Force for 11years. During that time he served as a Captain in Squadron 334. While serving, he was stationed at Takhli, Thailand during the Vietnam War and completed 30 active duty missions in the Autumn of 1965. For these missions Dale flew the F-105 Thunderchief. For his service of successful accomplishment of important missions under extremely hazardous conditions including hazardous ground fire, he was awarded The Air Medal. He also flew the F-80, F84,and the F-100. He retired as a Major and was honorably discharged April 6, 1966. After his service in the United States Air Force he was also a member of the National Guard and completed training and received a certificate for completing of Air War College in October 1976. He went on to fly commercial jets professionally for Eastern Airlines for 25 years.
Dale has lived for over 35 years on his 81-acre farm in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, in the house he built.
He was a member of the Parlor City Flying Club in Bloomsburg. As a lover of the great outdoors he loved maintaining his farm in Fishing Creek Township. He especially enjoyed spending time at Ricketts Glen.
Surviving are his wife, Carole F. Helton, and their children: Dawn Ellen Helton, Doug Helton and his wife, Mary; Jennifer Piniaha and her husband, Steve; Jolie Ruffalo and her husband, Robert; Mara Phillips and her husband, David; Christina Dale Schoeppner and her husband, Stephen; eight grandchildren: Nicole and her husband, Jeffrey; Michael, Maranda, Nicholas, Carly, Marcus, Ayla and Glen and one great grandson, Jackson.
He was the last member of his immediate family being preceded in death by four siblings.
A Visitation will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 from 10:30 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 A. M. at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (State Route 487). Burial with full military honors will be in the Jonestown Cemetery, Ridge Road, Columbia County. Following the Graveside Committal Services there will be a luncheon for family and friends at the Stillwater Christian Church, 39 McMichael Street, Stillwater.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Geisinger Home Health and Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton. For online condolences or for additional information, please visit: www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com
Geisinger Home Health and Hospice
410 Glenn Ave. Suite 200, Bloomsburg PA 17815