John Samuel Vale
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John Samuel Vale
  • September 5, 1928 - April 18, 2017
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

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Mr. John Samuel Vale, beloved Father, Grand Father and Great Grand Father passed away from complications due to respiratory heart failure in the early morning hours of April 18th, 2017. He was 88 years old, the last living child of Rex Michener and Ethel Marie (Cole) Vale from the Dillonvale Township in Jefferson County, Ohio.
John was born on September 5th, 1928 in Dillonvale, the 7th of nine children and grew up working the family farm along with his many brothers and sisters. He answered a call to military duty January of 1947 and served in the Air Force for 7 years until his honorable discharge in January, 1954. During this time, John once served 38 months straight in Japan to support the Korean conflict. It was here he received the Korean Service Medal: the Korean Presidential Unit Citation for his support of the 6160th Maintenance Squadron.
John met and married Charlotte Ray Schaefer on June 20, 1953 after meeting her at Oak Hill Baptist Church while stationed at Bergstom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. He was discharged from the Air Force not long after that so they could pursue their lives together in the State of Texas, leading John to often remark "he chose to become a Texan". Their love affair lasted 45 years until Charlotte's death in 1998 and John remained devoted to her memory until his own death.
John had picked up accounting skills as a supply clerk in the Air Force and he soon put those to good use by earning a 2 year business degree. This led to a long career as an Oil & Gas Accountant, working for some of the biggest names in that industry until his eventual retirement in 1984.
It was then that John moved to Ingram, Texas to begin his 2nd career, pursuing his love for the field of auto mechanics. John and Charlotte established the business out of their home in Ingram and severed the public actively in that profession through most of 2015, when John began to turn down some of the physically intensive work he could no longer perform.
Throughout his life, John never stopped serving his local church. His was tirelessly committed to serving his Pastor, his Sunday School (where he taught "older" adults for 30 years), driving and maintaining church busses, keeping the church books and records, and most importantly training his family to do the same. He will be remembered as one of the finest examples of a deacon servant by his fellow members in the body of Christ. His circle of influence included friends and family in addition to those who knew him from church.
John is survived by his loving son and daughter-in-law, John Vale and Cheryl Vale, of Grand Prairie, Texas, 6 grandchildren and their spouses, Shawn Vale, Christopher and Nancy Vale, Rebecca and Adrian Thompson, Heather and Anthony Robertson, Johnathan Jackson, Stephen Dupus, and Matthew and Kristen Vale. John is also survived by 6 great grandchildren with a 7th yet to be named: Christopher Thompson, Isabella Thompson, Jack Vale, Kaitlyn Robertson, Emery Vale and Eden Vale. He is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews, too many to place in a list here. He was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte Vale, their firstborn child, Charles Everett Vale and Ruth Marie Jackson, their beloved daughter, who is survived by her husband Daniel Jackson.
John was the patriarch of the Vale family when he passed. He passed his Christian legacy on to his children and grandchildren. His example went far beyond what many define as normal Christian service and his devotion to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ inspires all of us to pursue Jesus Christ in our actions, our responses and our love and acceptance of others.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Arrangements under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, McGregor, TX.