Dale R. Baldridge
SPRINGFIELD – Dale R. Baldridge, 82, of Springfield died at 5:50 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, at St. John’s Hospice.
Mr. Baldridge was born March 26, 1926, in Decatur, the son of Everett and Nettie Hendrickson Baldridge. He married his precious wife, Lucille, on June 19, 1954. She preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 2007.
Also preceding him in death were his beloved daughter, Anne Baldridge, on Dec. 1, 2007; an infant son, Martin Richard; and siblings, Heber, Ellen, Everett, LaNell, Clarence, Tootie, Paule and Mary.
Mr. Baldridge grew up in Decatur and was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. After high school, he enrolled in Gradwhol Laboratories in St. Louis, studying medical technologies and X-ray techniques.
At the end of a one-year internship with St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, Mr. Baldridge enlisted in the Army Medical Corps and served two years. Following his discharge, he attended Olivet Nazarene College and Millikin University, where he graduated with dual majors in biology and chemistry and minors in English and history.
Mr. Baldridge attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Carbondale, earning his master’s degree in dual sciences. He held an Ed.D degree from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Baldridge taught biology and psychology at Springfield High School for 23 years and influenced the lives of many students.
Surviving are his sister, Florence Banning of Decatur, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Baldridge was a member of First Church of the Nazarene of Springfield, serving on the church board and singing bass in the church choir. He taught Sunday school for many years.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. The visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2008, at First Church of the Nazarene, with services following at the church co-presided over by Pastor Greg Tucker of Hope Community Church in Anaheim, Calif., and Pastor Fred Prince of the First Church of the Nazarene of Springfield. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, where military honors will be conducted by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baldridge/Greer Education Fund, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.