Dale Leroy Locker

Died: Sun., Aug. 14, 2011

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DALE LEROY LOCKER, 81, of 206 East North Street, Anna, passed away at 10:55 PM Sunday, August 14, 2011 at his residence. He was born on November 2, 1929 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of the late Claude and Ida (Allen) Locker. On July 5, 1950 he was married to his loving wife of 61 years, LaDonna Limbert, who survives along with their five children; LaDonna Kae Merold and husband Steve of Outville, OH, Randy Locker and wife Janice of Anna, Alan Locker and wife Jennifer of LaFollette, TN, Eric Locker and wife Brenda of Sidney, and Aaron Locker and wife Kathy of Middletown, DE, daughter-in-law, Barb, wife of the late Dale "Buzz" Locker of Sidney, fifteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Dorothy Locker of Sidney. Dale was preceded in death by one son, two sisters and five brothers.

Throughout his lifetime Mr. Locker was employed in various positions for several organizations. He was a music teacher; one of his many passions. He worked as a guidance counselor, as well as an Occupational Work Experience teacher. For 12 years he served as state representative; the last to represent Shelby County only. Mr. Locker was the Director of Agriculture for the State of Ohio for 3 years, worked in human resources for Stolle Corporation for 10 years and was a personal manager for Airstream for one year.

Dale served on the Area Agency on Aging, was the Anna Village council president, and served as former Mayor of Anna. He was a member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, was the Ohio Representative of the National Board of Community Colleges, a member of the National Organization of Agriculture Directors, a life member of the National Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, and the National Music Association.

Dale was a people person and loved spending time with his family and friends. Like his love for music, he also enjoyed writing poetry, reading and wood whittling.

Dale was a 46 year member of the Anna United Methodist Church, 201 W. North St., Anna, where a Funeral Service will be held Friday at 10:30 AM, with Rev. Mitch Arnold and Rev. John Schlicher officiating. Burial will be at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 4 to 8 PM at the Anna United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna United Methodist Church or Wilson Hospice in memory of Dale LeRoy Locker. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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Michele Lott
   Posted Mon August 15, 2011
Dale was such a kind man who always had a smile. He will be missed by many. Please accept my sympathy.

Betty Locker
   Posted Mon August 15, 2011
So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy!

Judge Duane And Melody Goettemoeller and family
   Posted Tue August 16, 2011
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. There is somethng lost with Dale's passing. Not just his zest for life and good humor, but that inquiring mnd that all of us came to know wo well. He is a giant in the history of Shelby County and in the lives of all who knew him.

Donna Baker/Kevin Koshuta
   Posted Tue August 16, 2011
Eric, Brenda, and family, please accept our condolences on the loss of Dale. He always had a smile and warm greeting for everyone. We know that he's in a much better place now but that your hearts are aching in his absence. Take care of each other now; he would want that. Again, with our sympathies, Donna & Kevin

Virginia (Raterman) Seewer
   Posted Tue August 16, 2011
I wish comfort and offer sympathy to all of Dale's family. He was a very respected friend of my parents, Clarence & Mary Raterman. His legacy will live on. We know he is now without pain or suffering. He lived a good life.

Mary E. (Piatt) Bales
   Posted Tue August 16, 2011
Iam so sorry for your loss. In My Thoughts & Prayers. Mary,Clearwater, Fl.

Linda Albert
   Posted Tue August 16, 2011
So sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy and my prayers.

Ralph J. Pranger
   Posted Tue August 16, 2011
I would like to express my respect and honor to have known Dale, an outstanding man with foresight and courage in his family and politics. My acquintance with him at Anna High School as a fellow Guidance Counselor was always an inspiration to live more fully the lessons and virtues of scripture. Thank You!

Cynthia McRill
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
So sorry to hear of Dale's passing, although it has to be a triumphant day in heaven!! I have such fond memories of Dale and Donna, great friends, with their brood of extraordinary kids growing up in Anna. My very best to all of you, Cynthia

Tony Bell
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
The Locker Family: My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I have many found memories of Dale; always a smile, always a kind word and always caring. I looked up to Dale in High School and his words and advice in many ways are still with me today. Please expect my deepest sympathies.

Monica Cotner
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Randy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember spending time with Dale at Tar Hollow camp. He influenced and encouraged my writing and my general outlook on life. He always had a smile for me. He was such a gentle soul and I'm sure he resting with The Lord above. My Condolences, Monica

Louanne Steenrod Hines
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Our family has known Dale and his family for many years. What a great family. Dale will always be fondly remembered. Louanne (Steenrod) Hines and Matt Eaton Diane Steenrod

Len Dobbins
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Aaron, Becky and I were sorry to hear about the passing of you dad. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Donna Bowersox Powers
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
To The Locker Family...... So sorry to hear Of Dale's passing. I still remember our visits with your family, while growing up. My prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely, Donna

Jane (Brake) Beck
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Mr Locker , was my music teacher at Huntsville School. He was One of the nicest people that I ever knew. My Prayers are with the Family.

Douglas & Julie (Bowersox) Shoemaker
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Peace, Prayers and Blessings.

Jim and Cindy Bush
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Locker family, especially Leslie and her Grandma. After reading his obituary, he seems like he would have been a fascinating man to have known. I know you will all miss him a lot.

Jo & Dick Morelock
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Donna, You and Dale have always been one of our favorite couples. Dale was my music teacher in high school and made it fun. He was a gentleman and a scholar. May God bless you, Donna, and bring you peace.

Marsha Watkins
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
Mr. Locker was my guidance counselor at Anna High School and let me hang out in his office. He made me feel special and also challenged my thinking. Later when I went to college in Columbus, we had dinner a couple of times when he was in town for his State Representative duties. I enjoyed his plays and his poetry and enjoyed him as a person. He was very important to me. My condolences to your family

Jean Kiser
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
In my heart there is a sadness, yet a joy of having meet Mr Locker.He was truly an amazing man. The family shows the strength of a proud American and father. The Locker Family will be in my thought and prayers. Alan and Jennifer are blessed to be a part of this family and share the love that flows among them.

Barbara Grant Yancey
   Posted Wed August 17, 2011
I am sorry I cannot be there in person, but want to send my sincere condolences. If I wasn't out of town this week, I would surely be there. I will never forget the times at Anna High with Dale, when I was a new teacher just out of college. And those early mornings out on the campaign trail, what a treat! He was a great frient, who will be missed by all.

   Posted Wed August 17, 2011

Linda Huntley
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
My heart goes out to Dale's family. I was lucky enough to have worked with Dale when I started teaching. I enjoyed his wit and his personality, and was amazed at his accomplishments. He was a great role model.

Linda (Bensman) Bauer
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
I recall many a study hall class sitting in the counselor's office conquering the problems of the world - well, maybe just the issues from the halls of Anna HS! What a fine personable and caring man; he will be missed by many. My condolences at your immense loss. Sincerely, Linda

Lori Green (Blue)
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
Uncle Dale (& Aunt Donna) were always wonderful to my brothers and I when our dad (Junior Blue) would take us to the annual Locker family reunion many, many years ago at Uncle Bob & Aunt Dorothy's house. Sadly for us, that was really the only time we ever got to spend with what seems to us to have been a truly wonderful man (family)! Sending love and prayers from Mike & Marc Blue (NC) and Lori Green (FL) to the whole Locker family.

Lola Brown
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
Donna and family my prayers are with all of you. I am Betty Locker's sister and sister in law to Clyde. I am sorry for your loss

   Posted Thu August 18, 2011

Lorrie Moniaci and family
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Nancy Bell
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
Dear Donna and family, So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Heaven has gained another angel...I feel so honored knowing you and Dale as friends, fo so many years...Ed and I both have enjoyed your friendship for many a years..so glad we could call him "friend"..At this time I am unable to attend his services but just know my heart is there with you....please know that I am here for you...Lovingly Nancy

Roger & Kathy Laframboise
   Posted Thu August 18, 2011
Donna I am sending you our heart felt sympathy. Our community has lost one of the greatest leaders and teachers that we have ever known. No words right now will ease your pain, but be assured our prayers are with you and all the family.

   Posted Fri August 19, 2011
Mr Locker used to come to our elementary classroom and sing the craziest songs. I always enjoyed being with him.

Del Brandenburg
   Posted Fri August 19, 2011
Aaron, we will be thinking and praying for you and your family. Del

Jo Matheus
   Posted Mon August 22, 2011
Dear Locker family, I want to send my condolences your way to let you kow that you have been in my prayers. May our Father God bless you with peace, His peace that passes our understanding as you mourn the loss of husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather. Dale was a loving, calm, wise man. I remember spending much time in his counseling office at Anna High School back when I attended as he helped me through whatever crisis I happened to be in the middle of at the moment or just "shooting the breeze" so to speak. He was a good man who will be missed by many. God bless each of you in the days ahead. Warmly, Mary Jo Bensman Matheus

Rhonda Fogt-Shull
   Posted Sun September 18, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about Dale's passing. I remember so fondly all of our great times at Tar Hollow Camp in the summers of the 70's. He was such a kind and generous man. He will be deeply missed by many.


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