Dale W. Woomer

Dale W. Woomer, 86, Hollidaysburg, died Tuesday morning at Altoona Regional.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late George W. and Myrtle B. (Kennedy) Woomer. He married Norma L. Kauffman on Jan. 18, 1947, in Altoona, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 2005.

Surviving are two sons: Dale R. (Karen) of Hollidaysburg and William L. (Lonnie) of Huntingdon; three grandchildren: Naysa K. Woomer of Indiana, Pa., and Madison R. Woomer and William Dale Woomer, both of Huntingdon; two brothers: Dean of Altoona and Donald in California; a sister, Barbara DeFlorentis in Baltimore, Md.; a sister-in-law, Carol Musselman (Meryl) of Bedford; and his special friend, Donna.

He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Dale was a combat veteran, having served in WWII in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater, where he received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in education administration from Penn State University. He retired as a senior full professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Business.

Dale was a member and past master of Logan Lodge 490, F&AM, Altoona Consistory and Jaffa Shrine, where he served as potentate in 1983. He was also a member of the York Rite Bodies, Chapter, Council and Commandery, and the Jaffa String Band, which he organized in 1957 and served as past director. He was a driver for the Jaffa Roadrunners, which he was instrumental in setting up and had written its bylaws. He was also influential in setting up the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for dyslexic children, sponsored by the Altoona Scottish Rite, was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 117, Cumberland, Md., and was an honorary member of Court 70, Altoona.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Hess officiating. Entombment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jaffa Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603.