TOMBSTONE — Dale Viktor Dame, 67, passed away on Aug. 1, 2017.
Dale was born Sept. 25, 1949 in Frankfurt, West Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1953 as part of a military family with United States citizenship, and held dual citizenship with Germany until he became an adult. His young childhood saw him growing up in New Mexico and Texas fostering a love of the outdoors, fishing and collecting reptiles from the desert as his pets. In 1966 the family was transferred to Germany for three years. Moving from Germany to Ft. Carson, Colorado, Dale graduated high school from Fountain, Colorado. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to a Hercules Missile Battery stationed in Okinawa and then New York. He received a National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Dale was honorably discharged in 1973 and relocated to Tombstone, Arizona.
Dale had a true love for the southwest and spent most of his time prospecting the southwest collecting artifacts, geodes, mineral rocks, and gemstones. He was an avid collector of model cars, trains, military vehicles, coins, stamps, music and other collectibles and worked for 16 years as a skilled stone cutter for the Wizard’s Workshop, a local Tombstone Jewelry store owned by longtime friends Don and Kathy Panessa.
Dale was preceded in death by his mother Ingeborg Elisabeth Dame, nee Forstmann. He is survived by his father Royal Dame of Sierra Vista; sister, Eleanore “Elly” Stavarek (Bill) of Sierra Vista; brothers Roy Dame of Sierra Vista and Peter Dame (Theresa) of Oceanside, California; his nieces Angelina Villarreal of Austin, Texas; Christianna Anderson of Galveston, Texas; and Aimee Stuart-Flunker of Urbana, Illinois. Dale also leaves behind his bearded dragon, who now has a new loving home.
Service will be held Aug. 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Cemetery, 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, Dale would ask that you donate to the local Food Bank of Tombstone.https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/svherald.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/69/069be3ce-7e35-11e7-9174-7732bc9b05fe/598d096547009.image.jpg?resize=300,303#You can find the complete original obituary on this website.