Dale Sawyer Masten

  • Born: December 20, 1939
  • Died: February 14, 2013
  • Location: Vermilion, Ohio

Riddle Funeral Home

5345 South St
Vermilion, OH 44089

Tel. (440) 967-3212

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dale Sawyer Masten, 73 of Vermilion, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at home after a three month illness.

Dale was born December 20, 1939 in Lorain and had been a life long area resident.

He was a graduate of Lorain High School and studied Criminal Justice at Lorain County Community College. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1958 to 1962.

Dale worked as a Police Officer for the Vermilion Police Department retiring in 1990. He then worked for the Vermilion Public Schools as a school bus driver until 2008. He also worked the Lorain Harbor Patrol for 20 years.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He was the 3rd District Trustee for the State of Ohio Fraternal Order of Police where he received the Member of the Year Award. He was the Secretary of the F.O.P. Local Lodge #125. He was a life member and Secretary of AMVETS Post 22, Vermilion, and served on the Vermilion Veterans Council.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bernice Masten (nee Freeman) of Vermilion; daughter, Shauna (Rob) Bott of Huron; sons, David(Christy) Masten of Peoria, AZ and Dale (Melissa) Masten of Cincinnati;, grandchildren, Andrew, Makenzie, Carson, Micaylee, Brady, Cameron, R.J., Gus, and Romy; and a sister, Ann Henriksen, Zeeland, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Catherine (nee Mahla) Masten and brother, Timothy Masten.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Grace United Methodist Church, corner of Coen and West Lake Roads, Vermilion. Reverend Joan Skelley-Watts will officiate and the Vermilion Veterans Council will conduct military honors. A gathering at AMVETS Post #22, Vermilion, will immediately follow the memorial service. Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion is entrusted with arrangements.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Grace United Methodist Church, Coen and West Lake Road, Vermilion, OH 44089 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

It does not seem a year ago. We miss him more now than ever. Michigan 89.3 radio will have a tribute to Dale and family on Feb. 14th. I love you brother and will see you some day. Blessings to the family on this very special day when their husband/father walked into his Saviors arms. "Well done, son"! was heard that day. I know he loves his new Home.

Love you brother, Ann

Posted by Ann Henrisken - Zeeland, MI   February 10, 2014


I am so sorry to learn Coach Mastens passing. What a wonderful man and wonderful family.

Posted by Michelle Kumpf - Jacksonville, FL   June 18, 2013

AS I went to a funeral of a 5 yr. old child Sat. I thought about how Taylor will love to play with Grandpa Dale. Taylor will be so loved by Jesus and all the others. The little guy had kidney failure. His mom is expecting a baby boy in July. She and the Dad are just overwhelmed with grief to loose their first born. They have two other younger children. Each funeral just brings back the ones that have been so hard to deal with. Heaven is real and that is how I see Dale. He is like a young man and more handsome than we can imagine. This makes me smile to know that he is so happy and content seeing Jesus face to face. I miss him too Melissa

Posted by A friend   June 02, 2013


Missing you, Pappa!

Posted by Melissa Masten - Cincinnati, OH   May 30, 2013

My dearest Pat,
I was looking at facebook to see if any of my schoolmates were in there. I typed in "Patricia Freeman Masten", and to my horror, a page giving an obituary about Dale came up. I send my deepest sympathy. May our Lord grant you and your family, the love, strength and comfort that only He can. I haven't seen you since 1983 during our 20 year class reunion (that is the last one I attended).I stayed at your house a night or two. I am so sorry for your loss. Wish you would let me hear from you. email is: emwolverton@yahoo.com - my address is 81 Julia Dr., Atoka, TN 38004. Love, Elizabeth (Moss) Wolverton

Posted by Elizabeth (Moss) Wolverton - Atoka, TN - Friend   March 23, 2013

I have known Dale for 23 years through the State FOP. Our paths would cross after his "retirement" in the boating community where I would see him on patrol...he gave my boat its most recent safety inspection. Dale was a good man who will be missed. Rest in peace, Brother Masten.

Posted by Mike Doyle - Cleveland, OH   March 09, 2013

I worked with Dale when I was at the Lorain Port Authority and he was on the Harbor Patrol. He was a great guy and a pleasure to work with. To all of the Masten family, my deepest sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Christine Partridge - Amherst, OH - friend   March 02, 2013

Dale will be sadly missed by all. I had many great and helpful talks with him when we did field trips together for the sports teams. I will always cherish the great advice he gave me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, God Bless All

Posted by janie mouser - vermilion, OH - friend, co worker   March 01, 2013

Dale was my bus driver back when I was in grade school. ALWAYS looked out for my brother and I. I'm now 24 and just saw him about a year ago and he remembered my mom and I and took the time to ask how we have been. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and everyone who knew him.

Posted by Kelly Masley - Vermilion, OH   February 28, 2013

shauna,pat,duke,and dave,

my deepest heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you all. I have such wonderful memories of dale and our families. he will be greatly missed but never forgotten.his life and career and family are proof enough of the kind of man he was. again,so sorry for your loss. may god ,friends, family and love help you all at this sad time. love and prayers.

Posted by jennifer (hatch) robertson - speedwell, TN - friend   February 28, 2013

So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. We will always remember his friendly visits to Don's Guns & Ammo!

Posted by Don & Peg Birchfield - Cumberland, OH   February 28, 2013

I have many fond childhood memories of the Masten family and Dale. Our families respected and enjoyed one another. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Virginia (Weaver) Kaada

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2013

Our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Posted by The Staff of Riddle Funeral Home - Vermilion, OH   February 27, 2013

My prayers and thoughts go out to Pat and her family.Dale was an outstanding Police Officer, a great family man and a good friend.

Posted by Jim Mason - Alva, CT - Friend   February 26, 2013

I'm very sorry for your loss. My heart is with the family Dave and Christy and family I love your family. God Bless, Sherri

Posted by A friend   February 26, 2013


We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Masten was a great man. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May your husband and father R.I.P.

Posted by Tara Shaffer-Lodge - Lorain, OH   February 24, 2013

What a great man! I have thought of Coach over the years and have always been thankful to have had him in my life. We were all better for knowing him. You have my deepest sympathies.

Posted by Stacy Brown - Avon Lake, OH - Friend   February 22, 2013

Our prayers are with your family. Godspeed Dale Sawyer Masten.

Posted by Stan & Paula Helton - Orlando, FL   February 21, 2013

Dear Dale, Melissa and Family- We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your Father and Pappa. You are in our prayers - love Patty & Jim Lane

Posted by A friend   February 21, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Masten family. God bless and we love you all.

Posted by Christina & Jeffery, Christian Messer - Lorain, OH   February 21, 2013

Pat and Family
We are so sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We have known you and Dale for a number of years and always thought of you guys as friends. Dale was the one that told me about the dispatcher job with the Vermilion Police. Thanks to him I was lucky to get the job.at a time when I really needed a job, as we were both laid off.
God Bless
Harmon and Alice Martin

Posted by Harmon and Alice Martin - Vermilion, OH - friend   February 18, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember the good times in Luther League, growing up in Lorain, and especially in recent years Dale driving our grandsons to their sporting events. They thought he was the coolest. Ken and Gayle Farschman, Vermilion, now in Sebring FL.

Posted by Ken and Gayle Farschman - Vermilion, OH   February 18, 2013

To the family
Dale was a great leader for my children Michael and Steven. Dale would walk my my house with his dog often and came a time when Dale would walk by our house alone but you could visulise his dog by his side and as long as we live here Dale will always walk past our home and even in silence we will acknowledge his presence. We love you Dale may god keep you in his Grace Dave, Sandy,michael and Steven

Posted by David Kedzierski - vermilion, OH - Friend   February 18, 2013

My Father was my hero. He was one of the most caring men you could ever meet. He helped shape me into the man I am today. I will miss his laugh, his presence, and his HUGE shoulders that helped carry so many of my burdens. He was so very brave. Through the fight with Cancer he never lost his sense of humor, or doubted the Lord. He was still always concerned that those around him were ok. I wish I could find all the words to express the love I feel for him and what kind of a man he was. Here is what I will say, when someone says, "you are just like your Dad", to me, there is no greater compliment. I love you Dad. I do, and always will miss you every day. RIP my HERO, my friend and my mentor.

Posted by Dale Masten - Cincinnati, OH   February 18, 2013

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Dale was an amazing softball coach, some of my favorite childhood memories were from playing on his team. He was so much fun, never a dull moment!

Posted by Patty Bullion Hessler - Sandusky, OH - Friend   February 17, 2013

You have my deepest sympathy. Prayers to you and your family.

Posted by Bryan Kreicher - Bluffton, SC   February 17, 2013


For Dale and his loving family. I have many fun childhood memories of Dale. He will be missed. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Amy Franks - Fernandina Beach, FL   February 17, 2013

Youre the best Uncle anyone could have. I will miss you.

Posted by Jacob - MI   February 17, 2013

We have great memories of the Mastens as our neighbors for many years. We are so saddened by Dales passing. We pray for Pat and children that Gods grace will sustain them thru the loss.
Remember that our Happy Memories are a Joy Forever.

Posted by Bill and Betty Reis - North Port, FL   February 17, 2013

I'm sorry for your loss,may God be with you all.

Posted by Archie Neal - Norwalk, OH   February 17, 2013

Shawna, thoughts, prayers and hugs to you and your family at the loss of your father.

Posted by Robbie Stokeley Marchand - Verm, OH   February 16, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss you all are going through right now. I want to say thanks to Dale and Pat for being a part of my life through softball and employment. I pray that you find the strength to get through this time.

Posted by Kristy (Blackburn) Stump - Sheffield Lake, OH   February 16, 2013

Pat, Shauna,Dave,Dale, Im sorry for the loss of your dad. Thanks for being like family to me, and for being like a family to pretty much everyone growing up. Dale Sr was an awesome guy and its reflected by how amazing all of you are.

Posted by Shaun Buell - vermilion - family   February 16, 2013

Pat and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss of Dale. I know that you have been going through rough times. May God bless you and comfort you at this very sad time, Gods Peace be with you.

Posted by Joann Kenska Leopold - Amherst, OH   February 16, 2013


My deepest sympathy to your family for your loss and also of the fond memories of the father that we all shared and respected.
......and so much laughter through the years.......

Posted by Charlotte Salmons - Family Friend   February 16, 2013

there is not a "Michigan blue sky" today in our hearts, as we will think about our wonderful brother and uncle passing on. We do know that he is in the loving arms of His Christ and will be waiting for us someday. Blessings to you dear Pat and family. God is the strength of the Freeman/Masten family.
Love, Ann

Posted by A friend   February 16, 2013

Dear Pat - Our deepest sympathy to you and the family of my dear friend Dale. We worked together at VPD for several years and had many good times together along with a few bumps in the road. He will be sincerely missed by anyone who knew him - will look forward to seeing him at the great reunion in the sky !! Love and prayers, Fred and Ruby Barck

Posted by Fred Barck - Seminole, FL   February 16, 2013

Pat and family, his joyful smile will be surely missed.

Posted by Rachel and Ted McNeely - Vermilion, OH   February 16, 2013

We send our sincere sympathy to Pat and family. Dale was one of the most loyal,
faithful and dedicated police officers Vermilion has ever had, and a truly nice guy.
He will be remembered as one of the best in our town.

Posted by Art and Joan Crow - vermilion, OH - friend   February 16, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to Pat and her family. We go back "many" years of which I cherish all of them. Raising kids together, playing cards, coffee breaks - what a wonderful time we used to have. Dale will be missed and was truly loved by all.

Posted by Judy Stanfield - Vermilion, OH - friend   February 16, 2013

I am so saddened to hear of Dale's passing. He was the best softball coach ever! It was always so much fun to be around him and your family. He was such a wonderful person. My heart breaks for all of you.

Posted by Sue Johnston - Sandusky, OH   February 15, 2013

He use to drive my bus and Ive got so many good memories of this wonderful man. R.I.P. Love u man. Sorry for Loss to his family he was the best.

Posted by Zachary Davis - Jollytown, PA   February 15, 2013

So many years filled with wonderful friendship and truly fond memories, all too short!! We will miss you, dear friend. Lots of love goes with you. We wish peace and comfort for your beautiful family.

Posted by Barbara & Rey Plourd - Melbourne, FL - Long time Friends   February 15, 2013

Dale and I made many memories that are never to be forgotten. My condolences to the family for your loss. To Dale, I offer the same thing we used to say to each other every time we parted, "I'll wait for you under the scoreboard". See you there my friend.

Posted by Hobie Johnson - Bowling Green, OH - friend   February 15, 2013

Dear Pat, Duke, Shauna, and Dave, and families
Our prayers go out for your family as you face the loss of your husband and dad....What a vibrant person he was. Tom spoke often of how Pat and Dale were so good to him and his siblings in the early years of your marriage. He had a lot of fond memories that he shared of Dale. May God comfort your hearts and give you peace. Love to you, Bev. and family

Posted by Bev. Williams - Amherst, OH - cousin-in-law   February 15, 2013

It was with profound regret that I read this morning of the death of your husband. I know the irrperable loss you have suffered. Although I realize that no words can really soften your sorrow,I do want to express by deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Roger L. Colebrook DDS

Posted by Dr Roger L. Colebrook - Vermilion, OH   February 15, 2013

Pat, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dale was a great guy and will not be forgotten. He was a true friend who told it like it was, but with heart and conviction. God Bless him and hold him close.

Posted by Valerie Stammitti - Lorain, OH - friend   February 15, 2013

Pat and family.our prayers go out to u saall. Dale was such ba good person. he sure helped us when we needed it, he was there for everyone

Posted by gerry rush - thono, FL   February 15, 2013

Pat & Family,
Connie & I are deeply saddened to learn of Dale's passing. He was a great friend and co-worker for many years. We extend our deepest sympathy to your entire family
Jerry Butcher (VPD 59-79)

Posted by A friend   February 15, 2013

RIP old friend.My memories of us playing trumpets together in longfellow orchrestra and just kids growing up

Posted by Bill Holbrook - Brooksville, FL   February 15, 2013


Posted by A friend   February 15, 2013

We have many great memories of Dale. We will miss him terribly. Thoughts are with Pat and his children and granchildren.

Posted by Rodney & Cathy Johnston - Vermilion, OH   February 15, 2013

Our family was deeply saddened at the loss of your husband and father. As a member of Grace, I will miss him in the choir and his wonderful smile and conforting hugs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Rosemary Odom and girls

Posted by A friend   February 15, 2013


We are so sorry for your loss. You and Dale always brought such joy and laughter to the group when we would go out with Big John and Janet, Wild Bill and Nancy and Gale and Faye. Such fun times and memories! Our heartfelt prayers, sympathy and love to you.

Jeff (aka POOK) and Nancy

Posted by Jeff and Nancy Mikola - Columbus, OH   February 15, 2013

Your Dad was a awesome man, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My boys and husband have great memories of the coolest school bus driver for the sporting events and I always remember him walking the dog around Valleyview. He was a great person. We will praying for the whole family as you go through these trying times ahead. Put your trust in GOD ! and friends. Tony and Darla Budka and kids !

Posted by Darla Budka - Vermilion, OH   February 15, 2013

Dear Pat & family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Dale was always such a great person. We will miss him, as will so may others.God Bless, Serena & Don

Posted by Serena & Don Dawkins - Berlin Heights, OH - Friend   February 14, 2013

We are deeply sadden to hear about Dale. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. David and Judy Henry

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2013

Pat, Shauna, Dave and Dale: My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time. I loved him like a relative. He was a great man and always had wonderful advise every time we saw each other. My heart aches for you all.

Posted by Micky Davis Rohn - Mesa, AZ - Friend   February 14, 2013

Prayers and condolences to Pat and the family. Dale was always such a great friend

Posted by Barbara VanderSluis - Vermilion, OH - friend   February 14, 2013

I love Dale. He was a great friend when I worked at the Vermilion bus garage. He always had a smile for you. He will be dearly missed. My condolences to his family and his wife.

Posted by Tracy Allmon Leverknight - Wakeman, OH - friend   February 14, 2013