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  • Born 10 October 1911 - Nebraska, USA
  • Deceased 10 September 2014 - Illinois, USA , age at death: 102 years old
  • Buried - Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, DuPage Co., Illinois, USA


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Individual Note

Find A Grave Memorial# 143202946

Dale C. Chatfield, 102; born October 10, 1911, passed September 10, 2014. He grew up on a farm in Nebraska with his horse, Dot and his dog, Shep. His Mom and Dad were solid Christians. He attended University of Nebraska for 2 years and followed the Nebraska football team religiously. He is survived by his beloved wife of 76 years, Doris. Dale and Doris were recently rewarded as the oldest living married couple in the state of Illinois. They were married in Denver, Colorado in 1938. Dale is the loving father of Doug (Ann) Chatfield and Dianne (Paul) Curley; cherished grandfather of Sheri (Donnie) Dudley, Mark (Laura) Chatfield, Jared Chatfield, Erica (Felix) Andujar and Emily (Jim) Stark; great-grandfather of Zackary and Xander Larson, Maddison Madgby, Austin, Caleb and Joshua Dudley, Emma, Joshua and John Dale Chatfield and great-great grandfather of Gracelynn and Ireland Madgby. He worked for the railroad and owned a creamery and a cleaners in Denver, Colorado.

The Art of Being…98
Dale Chatfield Creating Landscape Art

“What in the world is that man doing?!” I asked attorney Zach Hesselbaum. It was a perfect summer afternoon and we had just left a client’s home at Alden of Waterford. We could see a man creating something with homemade tools in an undeveloped area across from the residences. We just had to get to know this man who, it turned out, was a pro at creating “landscape art”.

Dale Chatfield is a man of simple and powerful virtues. His initiative, integrity, and personality have drawn people to him, and then he has enriched their lives. Zach and I spoke with Dale and his charming wife Doris. They have been married 70 years.

Dale was born October 10, 1911 in the central Nebraska plains. He told us, “I grew up on the farm, and when I was a young man it seemed like I knew all the girls in Nebraska—but none of them were right for me! It was The Great Depression, but I headed off to find my fortune in Denver.” In Denver he lived frugally, studied accounting, and eventually got a job as an accountant for the Denver/Rio Grande Railway. But Dale was never meant to just sit at a desk. He is competitor, and is driven to always do more than what is expected. Doris beamed and proudly told us, “Dale has spent his whole life going the extra mile. We had a dry cleaning business for 32 years. The business, called D&D Cleaners (for Dale and Doris), grew because my husband always gave extraordinary personal attention to each customer. Even after people moved away from our neighborhood, they would drive back to have Dale do their cleaning. People value that special personal attention.”

Even after retirement, Dale has kept on making life more fun for others. From 1990 to 2005, he almost singlehandedly did the Christmas decorations and lights around their four-story senior residential center in Denver. Doris told us, “He was the only one in the neighborhood who decorated all four sides of their building! Everybody else just did the front. You know, he climbed up and down those tall ladders even when he got to be 92.”

If you want to talk about playing horseshoes, Dale is your man. He is a champion horseshoe player. He played in a senior league that included 40 players. During ten seasons, Dale was champion five years. Leaving Denver and moving to Chicago in 2005, his biggest disappointment has been that he can no longer find anyone who wants to play horseshoes. “They all say they have a bad back or a bad arm. I can’t find anyone who will play with me.”

I asked Dale if he could provide me with some of his keys to a long and successful life. He gave me a handwritten note that reads as follows:

God, parents, wife, and kids
Creator, genes, diet, exercise
Husband and wife 50/50; don’t let the sun set on your anger.
Honesty (don’t even take tax deductions if they are iffy)
Eat well but nothing fancy (oatmeal with raisins every day and good farm food)

Dale is a wonderful life model for the art of being—and living as—a very successful man.
USA Census, 1940
Name: Dale C Chatfield
Event Place: Tract 18, Denver, Election District E, Denver, Colorado
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Nebraska
Birth Year (Estimated): 1912
Last Place of Residence: Lincoln, Nebraska
District: 16-61
Family Number: 144
Sheet Number and Letter: 6B
Line Number: 49
Affiliate Publication Number: T627
Affiliate Film Number: 485
Digital Folder Number: 005449335
Image Number: 00574
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Dale C Chatfield M 28 Nebraska
Wife Doris E Chatfield F 19 Colorado
USA Public Records
Name Dale Orandle Chatfield
Residence Date 01 Dec 1993-31 Dec 1996
Residence Place Lakewood, Colorado
Address 12129 W Dakota Dr., Lakewood, Colorado 80228
Address Date 01 Dec 1993-31 Dec 1996
2nd Address 300 Wintorn S., Denver, Colorado 80231
2nd Address Date 01 Jan 1990
3rd Address 725 S Alton Way # 10D, Denver, Colorado 80247
3rd Address Date 01 Dec 1989
Possible Relatives Doris E Chatfield
Record Number 93178901

Family Note

Alden of Waterford Continuing Care Retirement Community’s Dale, 100, and Doris, 91, Chatfield, are still very much in love after 73 years of marriage. The Chatfields are the longest married couple living in Illinois.

Alden of Waterford Continuing Care Retirement Community’s Dale, 100, and Doris, 91, Chatfield were recently recognized for 73 years of marriage by the State of Illinois and Chicago-Gary Diocese for World Wide Marriage Encounter. The happy couple is the state winner of the annual Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. They were recognized at a special ceremony with a framed certificate and a congratulatory letter from the State of Illinois Congressional Office on Feb. 10.

The Chatfields, formerly of Denver, Colorado, have been residents of the Alden of Waterford Continuing Care Retirement Community for the past seven years. They have two children, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. The couple met at church shortly after Doris moved to Denver from Boulder, Colorado. They were wed following a brief courtship. Doris was 18 and Dale was 27 years old at the time.

When asked about the secret to their 73-year marriage, Doris says, “We don’t smoke, we don’t drink and we live a simple life. We have never had a lot of money, but we enjoy the little things in life.” She continues, “Dale has always been so good about surprising me and he never fails to say ‘thank you’ when I feed him. I make what he likes and he says that I am a great cook!”
Renee Rendler-Kaplan Doris and Dale Chatfield warmed our hearts today with the story of their 73-year marriage. Yes, we know this story was just a cheap ploy by the Sun-Times to get us all mushy for Valentine's Day, but damn it, it was effective. Dale is 100 years old,

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William Chatfield 1806-   Ann Sims ca 1798-ca 1865   Heman Allen Crandall 1812-1890   Lydia Bushnell 1820-1898        


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Walter Chatfield 1832-1917   Mary Maria Crandall 1841-1928    

John Crandall Chatfield 1867-1962   Jessie Lilian Loofborough 1876-1969

Dale Crandall Chatfield 1911-2014

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