Dale G Maplethorpe

November 14, 1930December 21, 2013

Dale Gordon Maplethorpe died of a long illness on December 21, 2013 in his home, with his wife by his side. He was born on November 14, 1930 in Portland, Oregon to Carl Maplethorpe and Bessie Ann Burk. He was a lifelong resident of the St. John's area. Dale had two older prothers, Elmer and Lloyd as well as a sister, Elsie Maplethorpe Crawford; they preceded him in death as well as his parents. Dale attended Old George, Portsmouth and James John grade schools and Roosevelt High School. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Coast Guard and spent his enlistment out of Boston. In May of 1952 he met Shirley Worlein on a blind date and on August 30, 1952 they were married. They celebrteed their 61st Anniversary in August 2013. Dale retired in March of 1992 after more than 20 years as an inspector for the City of Portland. After retirement Dale and Shirley traveled from coast to coast of the United States, Canada from coast to coast, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. One of his favorite trips was with his brother, Lloyd, to the desert looking for Indian artifacts. He was a member of the Latter daySaints St. John's Ward and a lifetime member of Washington Lodge No. 46, AF & AM. Dale and Shirley have seven children, five sons, Dale Jr., Daryl, Darren (Nolene), Dana (Sharon) all of Portland, David (Angie) of Hillsboro and two daughters, Denise Flick of Vancouver, Washington and Doreen Page of Clarkston, Washington. They have 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving him is his sister, Carol Maplethorpe Cernac of Scappoose; brother-in-law, Douglas (Nancy) Worlein of Scappoose; sister-in-law, Jean Worlein of Stanwood, Washington; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A remembrance gathering will be held at a later date. Private interment will be in Skyline Memorial Gardens.


Dale G Maplethorpe

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January 3, 2014

You will really be missed Uncle Dale. I will always remember you having a smile and ready to tell a joke. And when you and Uncle Lloyd got together it was constant laughter. It has been some time since I saw you and will regret that. I know that you are now free of the pain that has been so difficult for you. I ask that peace be with you and your family. I ask that Heavenly Father will comfort your family that loved you so much. Say hello to my parents. Much love goes out to your and your family. I am grateful to have known you. Becky Gibson

Nicole Maplethorpe

January 1, 2014

Love you Grandpa! You will be greatly missed.

Gary Hopkins

December 30, 2013

I worked with Dale at the City of Portland and he was a very good friend and mentor. He was a wealth of information on history, wild flowers, and just about anything else. I will miss him greatly.

Dave Maplethorpe

December 30, 2013

You were my father and my friend. I love you. Goodbye dad, and thank you for everything!