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Mayes County, Oklahoma

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Richard Blake Dalton

Ross-Mayes Cemetery

Richard Blake Dalton
©Stillwell Democrat Journal
Stillwell, OK
October 10, 2007
Submitted by: Martha Real

Funeral services for Blake Dalton, age 19, were held Thursday, October 4, 2007 at the Stilwell High School Activities Center with Bro. Max Ford officiating. Interment followed at the Ross Mays Cemetery in Salina, Oklahoma under the direction of Hart Funeral Home. Richard Blake Dalton was born May 29, 1988 in Gravette, Arkansas to Blaine Dalton and Sherri (Kahle) Dalton. He departed this life suddenly September 29, 2007, in Stilwell, Oklahoma from injuries substained in a motorcycle accident at the age of 19 years and 4 months.

Blake lived in Anderson, Missouri until he was seven years old and then moved with his family to Westville where he attended school until his Junior year, then finished at Stilwell. His plan for the future was to serve his country and dedicate his life to the United States Army. Blake was excited about serving his country and being a part of something that was making a difference in all lives.

Blake was easy going and full of energy. He was a young man of many talents and interests. Blake made friends quickly and easily and people were drawn to him by his confidence and sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jimmy Dalton, Steven Kahle, Norville E

Blake is survived by his mother, Sherrie Dalton, brother; Seth, sister; Chelsea and brother; Jake Patteson, all of the home, his maternal grandmother; Becky Kahle, of Anderson, MO, great grandparents; Melba Morgan, of St. George, UT and Susan Early, of Rogers AR, Aunt; Tonya Kahle and Uncle Shawn Beihoffer, of Rogers, AR along with cousins, Brittany Beihoffer and Hunter Kahle. Other survivors include, his father; Blaine and Machelle Dalton, of Anderson, MO, sons; Justin Sewell and Brock Dalton and daugher; Sheby, brother; Rusty and Dawn Dalton, Drew, Kipper and Jacob Dalton, all of the home, in Anderson, MO; brother; Patrick and Lucy Dalton, Ashley, Candace and Ryan, also of Anderson, MO, Chad and Becky Dalton and their children, Emmitt and Brett Dalton, of Anderson, MO; also, the wonderful grandchildren of Patrick and Lucy Dalton, and Grant Dalton the son of Ashley Dalton, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Blake's life was driven by, and revolved around several very close friends, his love of deer hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, playing music on guitars, and the dream of serving his country in the Army. Everyone close to him has been hanging out together, laughing, and crying together between periods of quiet shock and disbelief. They have been sharing their stories of good times past with him and each other. While his death was certainly tragic beyond words, it has brought a group of close young people even closer of each other than ever, and given us all reason to appreciate life and each other. They began this process Saturday night at Stilwell Hospital's emergency room parking lot and then into Sunday when these gatherings moved to Blake's family home, where the pain of his death has been most acutely felt by Chelsea, Seath and above all, his mother, Sherri, who lost not only her first born child, but her friend and her "Man of the House".

Blake's family wishes to express heartfelt thanks for the tremendous out pouring of prayers and support that everyone has given, as well as God's grace having been her source of strength through this time of anguished bereavement. Blake will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

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