It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our
Classmate, Dale Himes, on February 26, 2022 in Saylorsburg, PA. He died
peacefully at home.
Dale is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Natanzon and her partner, Larry
Lagrosa, Rebecca Himes, and Lash Himes and her husband, Jeff Hull;
granddaughter, Saylor Emory Hull, and grandson, Marson Everlee Blue Hull.
Funeral services will be at the West Point Cemetery on a date to be determined.
Condolences may be sent to Lash Himes, 280 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dale’s memory may be sent to the George Mark
Children's House, 2121 George Mark Lane, San Leandro, CA 94578.
Well done, Dale. Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\I-1 Dale Himes.pdf
Howard Dale Himes, 82, died on February 26, 2022, at his home in Monroe
County, Pennsylvania. Full military services will be held at West Point
Cemetery, date to be announced.
Mr. Himes, lovingly known as Dale, was born November 6, 1939, in Riverside,
New Jersey, to parents Howard Mitchell Himes and Sheila Margaret Barnikel
Himes. While growing up in Hopewell, Dale achieved the rank of Eagle Scout
at an early age, and played violin throughout high school. He graduated from
West Point Academy in 1961, and was assigned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S.
Army. At Fort Bragg, he received artillery and airborne training in
preparation to become Captain of U.S. Special Forces, also known as the
Green Berets. Dale was stationed in Okinawa before performing two tours in
Vietnam. Upon leaving the military he earned his private pilot license and
was enlisted by the CIA, where he worked for many years. Dale lived and
travelled in Korea, the Philippines, and Israel before settling back in the
United States, where he formed his own construction company.
Dale was a collector of antiquities, a spinner of yarns, and a monumental
flirt who readily made friends wherever he went. He loved fly-fishing and
horseback riding, and enjoyed studying history and researching his Scottish
lineage. He was also known to frequent the Kunkletown Pub for meals,
libations, and good company. In recent years, he traveled to Scotland with
his youngest daughter, and vacationed in Mendocino County, California, to
spend cherished time with his daughters and granddaughter.
Within a year Dale underwent open-heart surgery, treatment for prostate
cancer, and a COVID-19 infection. He bravely weathered these ailments with a
fighting spirit, and his adoring Labrador, Honey, close by his side. He is
survived by siblings Sheila Graham (nee Himes) and David Mitchell Himes;
daughters Jennifer Himes Natanzon, Rebecca Himes, and Lisa Anicia Samantha
Himes; and granddaughter Saylor Emory Hull. Special gratitude is extended to
Patty McLain, a dear friend and confidante, as well as neighbor Jennifer
Stewart-King, whose abounding family has adopted Honey.
Published by Bensing-Thomas Funeral Home on Mar. 11, 2022.