US Navy

Melvin Dale Fimple

April 19, 1924 ~ August 9, 2019 (age 95)


Melvin “Dale” Fimple passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019, at home in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 95. Dale was born in Poole, NE, on Saturday, April 19, 1924, to Oliver B. Fimple and Emma E. Fimple (Mattucks).

He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 10, 1941 as an Apprentice Seaman and honorably discharged as an Aviation Machinist Mate First Class on May 7, 1945. Dale was forever recounting stories of his service to our beloved country. He was tremendously proud of his academic achievements; graduating from the University of Missouri in 1953 with a BA and an MBA from the University of Buffalo in 1955; in both he specialized in statistics. With diplomas in hand, he went to work for several companies settling in Albuquerque and working as a member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratory until he retired in 1989.

Dale is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret “Peggy” Fimple, lovingly recalled as “his gal;” his two sons, Michael D. Fimple and Edward S. Fimple; along with his six brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Jackie Fimple Crumb; daughter-in-law, Valerie L. Fimple; six grandchildren, Gregory C. Corban, Lloyd “Nate” Crumb and wife, Alexis, Joshua D. Crumb, Misty D. Fimple, Christopher J. Fimple, Tara Lemay and husband, John. Dale was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Kadia, Alexia, Lloyd “Elijah,” Eva, and Luke.

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