Dale G. Sharp, 90, Peru, passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at his residence.
Born April 1, 1930 in Gavers, Ohio, he was the son of James Harold Sharp and Osa Blanche Eskew Sharp. On January 19, 1952, in Salem Depot, New Hampshire, he was married to Gertrude Louise Pare, and she preceded him in death on April 3, 1991.
At the age of eighteen, Dale enlisted in the Air Force and began basic training at Lackland Air Base in Texas. Throughout a long career with the Air Force, he served in Wyoming, New Hampshire, Long Island, San Francisco, Okinawa, Korea, and Greenland. Dale was an equipment operator serving in the Korean War, and his unit shot down the first jet at the beginning of the war. Following his time in active service, Dale joined the Air Force Reserves for a time before being recalled to active service and began working for the Atomic Energy Commission. He served at different bases before his last assignment at the Bunker Hill Air Force Base, later name Grissom Air Force Base. He served twelve years of active duty, retiring from his military career as a Chief Master Sergeant. He also served twenty-five years in Civil Service, retiring in 1985, before his last two jobs, where he worked at Big R in Peru and Home Depot in Logansport, both places for fourteen years and retiring finally at age 88.
Survivors include two sons, Eugene (Anita) Sharp, Newburgh, Indiana; and Dennis (Lisa) Sharp, Peru; two grandchildren, Jacob Dale (Jill) Sharp, Brownsburg; and Angela (Mert) Sagan, Newburgh; four great-grandchildren, Lyla, Sloan, and Cameron Sharp, all of Brownsburg; and Marley Rodenberg, Newburgh; four step-grandchildren, Ryan Brock, Landon Carson, Izzy Carson, and Wilbur Nice; one sister, Betty Marie (Clifford) Anderson, Mt. Vernon, OH; one brother, Lloyd Mervin Sharp, Lisbon, OH; two sisters-in-law, Irene (Bob) Ouellet, and Terri Nicholson; and one brother-in-law, Albert Pare; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Larry Sharp; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Sharp.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at McClain Funeral Home, with Pastor Rod Correll officiating, followed by military honors, at the funeral home.
Visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.