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Dale Eugene "Peach" Willad


March 18, 2020


Dale Eugene “Peach” Willard, 75, of Danville, PA passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his close family on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  He was born December 10, 1944 in Danville, PA, the son of the late Lawrence and Frances Woodruff Willard.

Dale graduated from the Danville High School, Class in 1962.  Immediately after high school Dale entered the United States Air Force stationed in Texas, Mississippi, Spain, South Dakota and Okinawa before honorable discharge in 1966.

He returned to his hometown of Danville, working for AT&T, ultimately Verizon, in several capacities.  He was a devoted employee and stayed with the company for 34 years until he retired from the role of an Outdoor Facilities Engineer.

Dale was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, life member of the Elks Club, and Washies Fire Company.  He was a former member of Frosty Valley Country Club where he was an avid golfer and served on the board of governors.  Dale was honored to be a member of Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton.  He enjoyed playing a role in the lives of his five grandchildren, who were the loves of his life:  Ellie, Madeline, and Wyatt Richardson and Hunter and Hayden Hackenberg.  He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his warm smile.  His family meant the world to him. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Elaine Cooke Willard of Danville PA. They were married August 8, 1977.

In addition to his wife, Dale is survived by two daughters Amanda Richardson and her husband Thomas of Great Falls, VA, and Lauren Hackenberg and her husband Nevin of Wexford, PA.  Also surviving are two sisters, Beverly Shellenberger and her husband Robert, Gail Willard Cope and one brother, Larry Willard and his wife Teresa; all of Danville PA. 

Services will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made in Dale’s honor to Christ Wesleyan Church 363 Stamm Road Milton PA 17847 or Thomas Beaver Free Library, 317 Ferry Street Danville PA.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA  17821.

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