Dale Smeelink

Monday, April 6, 2015

Dale Smeelink, age 66, Coatesville, passed away Saturday, April 4.

He was born in Bexar County, Texas, on March 17, 1949, the son of John and Catherine Blackwell.

He married Diane L. Patterson Smeelink, and she preceded him on May 1, 2010.

He graduated from Plainfield High School and attended IUPUI.

He had worked for Conrail-CSX as a journey carman, had worked as a truck driver for Schneider Trucking, and had worked various other places.

He did two tours of duty in Vietnam in the Marines, earning both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He was a hard worker who was dedicated to supporting his family.

He is survived by his children, Shannon Beeler and husband, Justin, Lake Villa, Ill., Shawn Smeelink and wife, Jessica, Lafayette, and Heather Newcomer, Greencastle; eight grandchildren and half-siblings Jimmy Olfers, Robert Olfers, Randall Olfers, Wayne Capehart, Bruce Capehart and Amber Capehart.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Bousley-Hays Funeral Home, Coatesville, with Pastor Kevin Thompson officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until time of service.

Burial will be at 9 a.m. Friday, April 10 at the Marion National Cemetery with military honors.