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Dale H. McCutcheon

Dale H. McCutcheon, 85, of Sandusky died Wednesday evening, February 15, 2012 in the Stein hospice Care Center, Sandusky following a brief illness.

He was born March 6, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Sandusky in the late 1930's. Upon graduation from Sandusky High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served with the 76th Infantry Division in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge, and until the end of the European War. He finished his service with the 4th Infantry Division. After his discharge, he attended General Airmotive Corporation School of Aviation at Cleveland Municipal Airport, where he graduated as an aircraft and aircraft engine mechanic. Dale was employed by Sky Tours Inc. of Sandusky as a mechanic and a part time pilot. He was also a FAA Designated Aircraft Maintenance Inspector. He attended Engineering School at Ohio Northern University for several years. He then was employed by NASA at the Plum Brook Station, Sandusky, where he was a Reactor Mechanic, Hot Lab Technician, and later as an Experimental Technician. He received many cost reduction awards from NASA. Dale established Dale's Diving Shop, Inc. in 1955, and owned and operated it until 2011. He was also a certified YMCA scuba diving instructor. He was employed full time by the City of Sandusky in the Engineering Dept. then part time, while going to college. He served as an instrument man in a field party, reduced field data to engineering drawings and as a diving inspector on the outfall sewer from the then new sewage disposal plant.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was active in Boy Scout Troop 5, where he had an Explorer Post. He took a group of Explorer Scouts to the Philmount Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Dale was also active in the Sandusky Bay Divers, Citizens for Choice and Citizens for a Responsive Government. He was a member of the Perseverance Lodge No. 329, F. & A.M.

He is survived by nieces, nephews and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Freitas) McCutcheon in December, 2010, and his parents: Charles & Bessie (Starner) McCutcheon.

Committal services were held in the Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky. Memorial services will be announced later. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Children Hospitals or to the Stein Hospice Service.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel is assisting with the arrangements.

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