Orlando M. Dalke 1923 -2014
Orlando M. Dalke, 90, of Garden City, ID died of natural causes April 10, 2014.
Orlando was born October 28, 1923 in Aberdeen, ID to Henry and Anna Dalke. He was the youngest son of a family of 21 brothers and sisters. He grew up on a farm in Aberdeen, attended schools there and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1941.
In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps which became the United States Air Force. He started in field artillery and was then accepted as an aviation cadet. He graduated from Aviation Cadet School in 1943 and went to Panama as an Army Air Corps Pilot.
He returned to the states and married the love of his life, Genevieve Claassen on Nov. 23, 1944 in American Falls, ID. He was shipped to the European Theatre and between January and May of 1945 he flew 56 combat missions over Germany in a P47.
He came back to Idaho in 1945 and enrolled at the University of Idaho. Orlando graduated in 1949 with a BS degree in Agriculture and was then employed by the Idaho Department of Health in Boise, ID. At that time he was a restaurant and dairy inspector.
In 1950, he joined the Air National Guard and was subsequently recalled to active duty for the Korean conflict in 1951.
He was released from active duty in 1953 and returned to Boise and was again employed at the Idaho Department of Health.
In 1965, Orlando became Director of the City County Health Department and in 1972 became director of the four county health departments (Central District Health Department). He left the District Health Department in 1973 for the State Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Environment, and became manager of the Municipal Facilities section. His main focus at that time was on water treatment facilities for the State of Idaho.
Their first child, Anne Morene, was born in 1946 in American Falls, ID. Doran, their son, was born in 1952 while Orlando was stationed at George Air Force Base in Victorville, CA.
In 1982, he decided he would rather spend time with his friends and family and he retired from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. In 1983, he received the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Award for Individual Distinguished Achievement.
He retired from the US Air Force Reserves in 1983 but continued an active life by traveling to Alaska which completed his travel of all 50 states. He also traveled to the Mediterranean, Panama and Europe. Orlando and his wife enjoyed “snow birding” and spent many wonderful winters in Lake Havasu, AZ, where they enjoyed the lake with friends and family. It was also at Island Golf Course in Lake Havasu that he had his first “hole in one” on March 29, 2000.
During the summers and when staying in Boise, they enjoyed their home at Willowbrook Senior Community in Garden City with their wonderful view of the pond. They relished the friendships of all the Willowbrook residents and lived there many years until they needed to move for additional care.
Eventually they were able to find a facility where their needs were met and they received love and care. The family’s thanks go out to Donna Franklyn and the care givers along with Dr. Eric Maier who provided Orlando with constant care, attention and love — the family will be forever grateful.
Orlando was associated with the Masons but was also involved with a more private “Literary Club” that met monthly and provided him with friendship and camaraderie. He and his wife Genny also enjoyed many hours of pleasure with their “Bridge Clubs”, gardening and camping.
Orlando loved fishing, hunting, carpentry, camping, golf, gardening, and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed cinnamon rolls, the Sawtooth Mountains (specifically Lake Alturas), the Oregon Coast, kite flying, salmon fishing, clam chowder, cabbage soup, pfeffernusse, bourbon and red wine.
He loved family and especially enjoyed the Dalke family reunions every two to three years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 17 brothers and sisters along with a great granddaughter, Nicole Rowberry.
Orlando is survived by a brother, Eldon Dalke in Kansas City, MO, two sisters, Linda Claassen, Grants Pass, OR, and Ruth Eden, Sandy, UT and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his daughter Anne Brown and her husband George, Pocatello, ID, and a son Doran Dalke and his wife Kathy in Eagle, ID.
He loved children and was blessed with four grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Pocatello, ID, Landon Dalke, El Segundo, CA, Heather Knapp (husband Jon), Meridian, ID, and Jessica Brown, Pocatello, ID. He had five great grandchildren. Macey and Haley Madsen, Donald and Vanessa Rowberry all of Pocatello, ID, and Cierra Knapp of Meridian, ID, that at two years old made him smile and laugh in his last days.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for donations to the Youth Ranch of Idaho or the University of Idaho or a charity of your choice.
A graveside service will be conducted at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery on Horseshoe Bend Road in Eagle, Idaho on April 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.