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Dale L. Wormus


Dale L. Wormus

April 14, 1923-June 25, 2010

Longtime Alaskan Dale Wormus, husband to Darlene Scott Wormus and brother to Sam Wormus, died peacefully June 25, 2010, in Anchorage. He was 87.

He was born April 14, 1923, in Loveland, Colo., to Ernest Wormus and Olive "Blanche" Lawton Wormus.

Dale had a significant military career and was known as Maj. Dale L. Wormus. His last active duty was in Colorado. He went overseas to Korea for the U.S. Air Force. He brought back a collection of personal photos, some kimchi and a great respect for the people and culture of Korea. As a pilot in World War II, he trained Chinese cadets to fly the AT-6 American trainers.

He went to school at the Colorado Agriculture College (now CSU) for electrical engineer training. Lured to Alaska by its job opportunities and great fishing, Dale moved with his family to the state in 1971. He was hired by the Fairbanks Municipal Utilities Systems to be manager of the Fairbanks telephone system. Later, he moved to Anchorage where he went to work for the Anchorage Telephone Utility as an engineer and salesman and remained until he retired.

During his retirement he enjoyed taking friends and family out fishing for halibut on his small, oceangoing fishing boat. Sometimes he might even take someone to the "secret fishing hole" up the highway toward Fairbanks.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Scott Wormus; brother Sam; sons Ron, Gary, and Chuck; daughter Suzanne; stepchildren Steve, Lori and Rick; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 1 at Until That Day Church in Eagle River.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, July 7, 2010.