Robert "Dale" Holbrook
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July 13, 1923 ~ August 1, 2015

Robert Dale Holbrook of Vancouver, WA, passed away Aug. 1, 2015, just days after his 92nd birthday. He was born July 13, 1923 in Vancouver to Ralph and Alice Holbrook and graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1941.
Dale served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, during WWII in the China/Burma/India theater.
Dale retired in 1976 as Assistant Chief of Medical Services, Vancouver Veterans Administration Hospital.
He also operated a small but productive family farm providing milk, eggs, beef, pork, and garden vegetables and fruit for his and Trudy's large family.
Dale loved raising 10 children; traveling to Hawaii with Trudy; their winter home in Desert Hot Springs, CA, his many grandchildren; and playing Pinochle and Cribbage.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Dale is survived by 10 children, Bob Holbrook (Cheryl) of Vancouver, Tim Holbrook of Florida, Dennis Holbrook (Linda) of Vancouver, Debbie Linder (Greg) of Vancouver, David Holbrook of Vancouver, Nancy Reddish (Terry) of Battle Ground, Mark Holbrook (Maggi) of Ridgefield, WA, Mary Beth Lynn (Scott) of Vancouver, Joseph Holbrook of Battle Ground, and Paul Holbrook (Nancy) of Ridgefield; 28 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Avettia "Trudy" (2011); his sisters, Blanch Dahl, Francis Higdon, Pauline Clem, Fern Irwin, Barbara Curtin, Dorothy Nikila, Catherine Whetzel, Patricia Vermillion; brothers, George Holbrook and Mel Holbrook.
A funeral service will be held Thurs., Aug. 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Vancouver.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 4, 2015.
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August 10, 2015
Uncle Dale,

You were such a grounding force for all of the Holbrook family. Your many nieces and nephews will also miss you very much, but we delight in knowing that you are with Trudy and our parents that have made the journey ahead of you. God Bless them all! With the fondest of memories and our love,

Colleen Torrens
August 8, 2015
My mom,Peg Ewing, passed away in 2013. She worked with Mr. Holbrook for years @ Barnes Hospital. I remember him as being a very nice man and I know my mom spoke highly of him. I still have old black/white photos of them together at Barnes. I will say a special prayer for him.
Jacqueline Ewing
August 7, 2015
What a wonderful and long life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Bob and Suzanne Reddish
August 7, 2015
Blessings on all the Holbrook family. Dale has been such a friend and delight for us, a man of faith and love. May he now enjoy reunion with Trudy and all his family and friends in God's garden.
Michael & Maryann OBrien
August 5, 2015
Papa tomorrow is going to be a tough day. While I find peace in the reunion of you and grandma I find heartache in not being able to wrap my arms around you or grandma again. I will forever hold many great memories. May you rest in peace and may I make you proud. Love you. Xoxo
Alexandra Holbrook
August 5, 2015
Uncle Dale, your were a very active person in my life. I will miss you so very much! give everyone a huge hug for me and kisses on the cheek. I love you, Lori
Lori Bybee
August 5, 2015
August 5, 2015
To the Holbrook Family, our deepest condolences on the passing of such a wonderful man.
Caty and Iris at Howard S. Wright
August 5, 2015
5 Generation-Holbrook's
Grandpa Holbrook, I want to say Thank You for it's you and your bride who instilled from generation to generation what the word Family means. You passed down the dedication it takes to raise a family and to take care of one another. I am so very fortunate to be married to someone that truly thought the world of you. A man that will always want to make you proud and will forever hold you close to his heart. You are an amazing man and may you be dancing in the clouds with Grandma knowing you did a great job and will be missed but thought of daily. Thank you from your oldest Grandson's Family.
Rob, Jen & Family
August 4, 2015
Dad today is a sad day for all cause your gone but at the same time very joyous knowing you are once again with our mom and your parents and siblings. I have so many fond memories but the ones that will forever be imbedded in my head will be all the hours you and I spent gardening together and then when it was time to harvest how mom, you' I and my children would sit in my back yard for hours snapping beans and laughing uncontrollably over stories you would tell of your childhood. You have given me more then anyone could imagine and made me not only the man but father and grandfather I am today. You may be gone but you have left me with great memories to share with your grandchildren. RIP dad xoxo Joseph John #9
Joseph Holbrook
August 4, 2015
To my dear friend, Tim. So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all of your family.
Annette Nelson-Unwin
August 4, 2015
You will be greatly missed. We all love you so much. Rest in peace and give mom a big kiss for me.
Love always, Paul, Nancy and the Kids!
August 4, 2015
Dad - I will love you forever. There will be a void each evening when we had our nightly phone call but I will stop each evening to send you and mom a message from my heart. Good night Babycake. Love your Baby, Babycake MaryBeth
MaryBeth (Holbrook) Lynn
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