Dale Alden Hollingsworth, 85, originally of Sheridan, passed away on Saturday morning, June 13, 2020 at Hamilton Trace in Fishers, Ind.
Born March 1, 1935 in Sheridan, he was the son of the late Raymond Dale and Lenore June (Spurgeon) Hollingsworth-Deakyne.
Growing up, he loved playing basketball and continued playing through his high school career. After graduating from Sheridan with the Class of 1954, Mr. Hollingsworth's interests turned toward aviation. He quickly acquired his pilot's license and started flying single engine aircraft. His passion and attention to detail led him to take a job at the Sheridan Airport. From 1955-1960 he worked as a pilot, as well as an aircraft mechanic and fabricator. In 1960, Mr. Hollingsworth decided to go into business for himself. He left the airport and started Alden's Body Shop. For half a century Mr. Hollingsworth, or Alden as many people knew him, worked on just about everything - starting out in his garage, then owning a couple of other shops around town. From autobody work, to engine work, to people just bringing their truck out as an excuse to stop by and shoot the breeze, all comers were welcome.
In 1995, he married Shirley A. (Blanton) Hollingsworth. Mrs. Hollingsworth passed away in 2013.
Mr. Hollingsworth wasn't all work and no play. He loved fishing and going out on the boat. Over the years he had several pontoon boats and never missed a chance to take his family and friends out cruising on the water. Mr. Hollingsworth was also an avid mushroom hunter. Every year in the early spring he was the first one out in the woods, scared to death that someone was going to beat him to his secret spots.
As the years started to catch up, his favorite pastime became watching sports. He loved the Colts and the Pacers, but nothing could top IU basketball.
Mr. Hollingsowrth's memberships include the Sheridan First Christian Church, the Sheridan Jaycees and the Rotary Club of Sheridan.
Survivors include his son, Douglas William (Margaret) Hollingsworth of Sheridan; daughters, Debra A. Hollingsworth of Anderson, Connie S. Meinders of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Kathleen M. Valasek of Fishers; step-son, Delbert Blanton of Kokomo; step-daughters, Pamela (Max) Young of Kokomo, Deborah (John) McLouth of Indianapolis and Shelia (Jim) Hensler of Kokomo; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Stuart J.(Susanna) Deakyne of California; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert M. Hollingsworth; and step-daughter, Sharon (Blanton) Stoller.
Private family services will be held.
Dale will be laid to rest at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan, Indiana. Pastor V.J. Stover will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.