Dale Strahl


Martin Dale Strahl, 95, of Columbus, Indiana, died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Strahl was born Sept. 3, 1921, to Otto and Adeline Strahl on the site of what is now Strahl Lake in Brown County State Park.

He married the former Barbara Malan on May 10, 1941, and she preceded him in death. They were married 73 years. They have two daughters who survive: Laurel Hacker and husband, Keith of Marietta, Georgia and Diana Ogle and husband, Steve of Columbus, Indiana.

Mr. Strahl graduated Columbus High School with the class of 1939. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Strahl and his wife owned and operated Marine and Motor Sales in Columbus for 21 years. For several years after selling their business, Mr. and Mrs. Strahl divided their time between their Florida residence and their residence at Grandview Lake. They enjoyed their many friends and activities at both locations. Mr. Strahl was involved in the early development of the Grandview Lake project.

He was a member of First Christian Church and various fraternal and civic organizations. His many interests included golf, fishing, bowling, travel, gardening and any activities that included the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was second oldest of 10 children and is preceded in death by sisters, Irene Bearry, Bernice Ketchum and Virginia Glasgow; and brother, Dennis Strahl. He is survived by sisters, Louise Gearhardt of Greenwood, Indiana and Dorothy Hatcher of Maryville, Tennessee. Additionally, he is survived by brothers, Doyle, James and Ransom, all of the local area. He is also survived by four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street. A celebration of life graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Section 80 at Garland Brook Cemetery. Grandson Christopher Ogle will preside.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at barkesweaverglick.com.