Dale Sanburn Gore

April 29, 1924July 4, 2018

Dale Sanburn Gore of Culpeper, VA passed away on July 4, 2018. He was born in Logan, WV to John Sanburn and Weltha Walker Gore on April 29, 1924. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps at 17 in 1941 and served in the 4th Marine Airway on several islands in the South Pacific. He was discharged in Cherry Point, NC in 1945. He then served in the Pennsylvania and Delaware Marine Reserves for several years after WWII. He was employed at E.I. DuPont in Wilmington, DE and was chosen as one of the first five employees to develop Silicon and Quartz fabrication for DuPont. He later worked for Allegheny Electric Chemical in Bradford, PA. In 1958, he married Ethel J. Burkhardt of Chalfont, PA in Wilmington DE. They moved to Culpeper, VA in 1960 to open the Western Auto Store on Culpeper St, and later the ACE Hardware at the same location. After he retired from retail sales, he drove a school bus for several years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Free Masons, Shriners, and First Methodist Church in Culpeper. He was a member of the Kiwanis for 27 years. He was predeceased by his parents, 5 sisters and his beloved “Essie” in May 2018. He is survived by daughter Debbie Robertson and husband Pat of Glendale, AZ, three grandchildren Justin, Stephanie and Jeremy, and two great-grandchildren. He will be interred at 1:00 p.m., July 30, 2018 in Culpeper National Cemetery, alongside his wife of 60 years. Condolences may be given at The Gore family has entrusted these arrangements to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Virginia.


  • Graveside Service Monday, July 30, 2018

Dale Sanburn Gore

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July 27, 2018

I had the pleasure of getting to know both Dale and Ethel, when they were tablemates of my mother, Harriet Scott at The Culpeper. Sharing a meal together was always a treat for me, and they were both so kind to my mother. Dale always wanted to tell me a joke, so I learned to have one of my own ready to share with him, so that he could add to his joke collection. He seemed to appreciate that. My condolences to Debbie's family.

Catherine Hoffman

Laura Fitzgerald

July 27, 2018

Debbie, so sorry to hear about both your Mom and Dad. They had a wonderful long life together though and that's a lot to be grateful for. I have so many memories of them and all the grief we gave them as teenagers! Glad our parents got to see us through all of that. I think in the long run we made them very proud. I wish well to you and your family. Take good care of each other.

Laura Reams-Fitzgerald
Manassas VA