Dale began working at Sturgis' Funeral Home later known as Athabasca Funeral Service Company when he was 12 yrs old. He washed cars and cut lawn after school and on weekends. He decided this would be his career path by age 15 and took the steps to study and graduate a year early. On advice from the Sturgis family Dale began his apprenticeship at age 17 at Park Memorial in Edmonton and remained working there for 8 years.
It was then Dale applied and got hired to manage the Barrhead Funeral Home. Within a few years Dale purchased the business and it became the Barrhead Community Chapel. As his business grew he began getting calls from Athabasca as his hometown family and friends requested his services. In 1993 Dale opened a branch office in Athabasca so families would not have to travel for arrangements. This business grew and in 1994 Dale sold Barrhead Community Chapel and moved to Athabasca full time.
The Athabasca Community Chapel building was put up in 1996 and in 2003 Dale purchased Athabasca Funeral Service Company, effectively becoming the sole funeral home in Athabasca.
Outside of work, Dale has always enjoyed hunting and fishing and has been a rotary member, 4-H and Scout Leader.