North of the River
Drawing by Walter Stewart
To all, I want you to know how much Carol and I love Dale. When Carol first met Dale they were living in Klamath River, California in a wonderful home in mountains alongside beautiful stream.Dale welcomed me into his life with open arms and a big smile. I cannot think of a time when Dale did not have open arms and a big smile for people. Family would gather at their house for Thanksgiving, eat too much, catch upon the past year, tell stories, talk about how much the grandchildren had grown and the boys always headed home to Bakersfield with fresh cut Christmas trees scrapped onto their trucks.Dale was a very kind and hard working man who loved life and loved Darla more than anything.I remember him zipping around those winding mountain roads along the river sometimes dodging deer to head to town or to take care of his satellite customers. He was on the go . After his stroke he worked hard to regain his health and strength and he continued to welcome everyone with that wonderful smile. He loved visiting people and going with Darla to the fire camps during the summer. Although he had incredible challenges to overcome, I truly believe his love for Darla kept him going for as long as he could possibly live. No one could have loved Dale more or cared for him better than Darla did these many year.Dale will be missed and I hope this reminds us to cherish those special people in our lives. And a smile goes along way.
Art & Carol Kovarnik (cousins )
Services with full Military Honors and support from the Patriot Guard Riders was conducted at the Bakersfield National Cemetery at 9:15am on Friday 13 June 2014.
A Celebration of Life followed at the Veteran's Hall on Norris Road.