Gale Everett Conger was born to Elmer and Anna Conger on Aug. 30, 1925, at his grandmother's house along the Republican River in the small township of Trenton, Neb. He started his life on two sections of land in southwest Nebraska. He lived through several turmoils, such as drought, grasshopper plagues, and severe dust storms. One dust storm nearly claimed his life. Due to the dust bowl and severe drought, Gale's parents lost the farmland and moved to Cedaredge, Colo., in 1935. He graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1943. Almost immediately, Gale enlisted into the United States Navy. Gale served 32 months in World War II. Gale served as a corpsman and for the U.S. Navy as well as the Fleet Marine Corps. Gale was in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Gale also was assigned to a wooden minesweeping boat, which collected magnetic mines from the seaways in order for the metal naval ships to pass unscathed.
Upon returning from war, Gale found employment with the City of Delta, eventually working up to heavy equipment operator. It was during this time that Gale became involved with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. This is an organization that Gale poured his heart into.
Gale was, again, called to duty for the United States Navy during the Korean War. He worked in front line hospitals and triage staging areas. Upon the culmination of his time of service, Gale had accomplished what few can claim. Gale fought in two major wars and could live to tell the tale. He also bragged about sailing across the world. During the Korean War, something happened to Gale which affected the rest of his life. Gale began writing letters back home to a girl he had fallen in love with. In June 1955, he married the love of his life, Jessie Eldora Walker. This union saw the birth of four children: Cynthia Herbison, Linda Conger, Glen Conger and Gene Conger.
Gale belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 63 years. He proudly held and represented the Order's offices. Gale was forever assisting the Order with everything from playing Santa Claus to working the graveyard shifts for the coffee stop. Gale was the member that all wished to be.
Gale is survived by his wife, one sister, four children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Delta, Colo. Interment will follow at Mesa View Cemetery in Delta, Colo.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.