He was 88 years old.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at the Lower Mitchell Cemetery in Mitchell, Oregon. Dan Cannon officiated.
Dale was born to Charles and Ella (Maxwell) Cole in Mitchell, Ore., on Aug. 18, 1919. Dale graduated from Mitchell High School. After high school he worked for his father as a ranch hand. Dale then bought the ranch from his father and later that year he took his brother in as a partner and they remained partners until they sold the ranch. On Nov. 3, 1941 he married Claudia Cannon in Payette, Idaho. His grandmother homesteaded on the ranch in 1870 and later Dale's mother was born and raised on the same ranch.
Dale loved working on the ranch, hunting, spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a member of the Oregon Cattleman's association, Oregon Sheep Growers Association, and Prineville Elks Lodge No. 1814.
He is survived by: his three sons Don and wife Irene Cole, Robert and Nancy Cole, Gary and Joanne Cole all of Bend, Ore. Dale is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bend Hospice Center, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, Oregon 97701.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.