Dale Howard Marrs

Dale Howard Marrs, age 83, of Venice, Florida, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, JoAnn Haldeman; his sister, Louise Lemon; and his three children, Susan, David and Christopher.

Dale was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Antioch, Illinois, to Dayton Marrs and Kathleen Sexton. The youngest of four children, Dale was raised on the family farm and developed a strong work ethic, a knack for fixing things and a love of the outdoors.

He attended high school in Harvard, Illinois, was a star center on the basketball team and met his future wife, JoAnn Haldeman.

Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and married JoAnn at Fort Benning, Georgia, on March 3, 1956. After a two-year enlistment, they returned to northern Illinois, where they would start a family together.

A true people-person, a great communicator and a man who loved to travel, Dale found his niche in sales. He worked for Fisher Scientific for over 30 years, traveling the country selling laboratory equipment to hospitals and schools, and retiring as a regional manager in 1998.

Through the years, he and JoAnn never missed an opportunity to travel, to meet new friends and to stay active. Residences have included homes in Illinois, California, Texas and Florida. Dale and JoAnn lived in Venice since 2000.

A charismatic and honest man who held himself to the highest levels of integrity, Dale was the type of guy you just wanted to be around. He could truly light up a room. He always placed the concerns of others above his own, was the first to lend a helping hand to a friend and honored and loved his wife, JoAnn, more than anything in the world.

He was a man of faith and a true servant of the Lord.

Dale was a role model for his children, and positively impacted the lives of everyone he met. His legacy will remain for others to emulate.

Dale will be missed dearly, but those whom he has left behind can rest in the assurance that he is now in the arms of the Lord.

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