Dale A. Hasler, 97, Santa Claus

Dale A. Hasler, 97, of Santa Claus, died Thursday, February 13, at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in New Castle July 14, 1922, to Elmer and Zena Hasler. He married Marilyn J. Lohman June 6, 1946, in Huntingburg. She died February 25, 2001.

Dale was a 1940 graduate of Huntingburg High School and a co-operative engineering student at the General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan.  After three years of study with General Motors he enlisted in the U.S. Army, graduating and receiving his Wings and Commission at Luke Field in September, 1944. He transferred to the 98th Bomb Group for deployment to General Doolittle’s 8th Air Force on Okinawa for the final assault on Japan during World War II. He returned to work in Indianapolis as a draftman, resumed study at General Motors Institute, graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree and joined the newly formed Allison Transmission Engineering Department. He was recalled for active duty in the Air Force for the Korean Conflict in July 1951, and is credited with three combat missions.

He rejoined the Allison Engineering Department and moved to Christmas Lake Village after retiring from General Motors in 1982. He served as president on the Santa Claus Town Board and was a director of the Spencer County Bank. He enjoyed golfing, regulary attended the Masters, and hit a hole-in-one at Christmas Lake Village golf course.

He is survived by his twin sister, Doris Hasler, Indianapolis; his friend and caregiver, Judy Garrison and husband Terry, Ferdinand; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, February 24, at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery.

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