June 24, 2012 in Obituaries

Obituary: Dalton, Robert Allen

Age 71
 


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DALTON,
Robert Allen

Robert Allen Dalton passed away on June 15th, 2012 at his home in Sprague, WA. He was born on June 12th, 1941 in Walla Walla, WA to Kenneth and Marguerite Dalton. He spent his childhood growing up in Boise, ID. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October of 1958 at age of 17 and retired in August of 1981 with the rank of Sergeant First Class. In Vietnam he was assigned to the 61st Trans. Co. and the 360th Trans. Co. He then made his way to Germany with Company B 501st S&T Battalion, Fort Riley Kansas with Company B 1st S&T Battalion, Germany 598th Trans. Co., and ending in Fort Lewis with the HHT 3rd Squadron 7th Cavalry. He received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal for his valor, honor and dedication to his country and the men he served with. He spent the next 25 years of his life living with his family in Tacoma, WA and worked for PQ Corporation, before making his way to his little slice of heaven in Sprague, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenny and Donald Dalton. He is survived by his sister Betty Wardle; wife Esther Hasse-Dalton; son Frank Dalton (Natasha); stepsons Rush George (Cynthia) and Mike George; grandchildren Anthony, Keanu, Brandon, Raegan, and Eli. Bob was adamant about not having a service and I will respect his wishes. However, I do ask that every June, you turn on a Johnny Cash song so loud that the heavens can hear it, raise your glass not to shed tears but to smile as you recall your fondest memories of Plain Old Bob and salute the soldier, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend that we all knew and will forever love.


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