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Dale Leoni

October 16, 2012
Morning Journal News

Dale A. Leoni, 57, devoted husband and father, passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 11, 2012 while on a cruise in the Caribbean with his wife, Dee Crawford-Leoni.

A son of the late Ponzy and Esther D'Aloiso Leoni, Dale was born on October 15, 1954 in Steubenville where he went on to graduate from Steubenville Big Red High School.

Dale was a respected colleague at the Morning Journal, East Liverpool Review, Salem News and Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine where he served as circulation director for several years.

He retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant in 1997 after serving his country for 25 years. A member of the elite special operations unit, Army Rangers, he was involved in the invasion of Grenada and spent time on the DMZ in Korea with the 1st Battalion 23 infantry. Dale was a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Dale also was a member of VFW Post 6450 in Chester.

He is survived by his wife at home, Dee Crawford-Leoni, who he married on May 30, 2012.

He also leaves one son, Travis Leoni of Weirton.

Pastor Steve Cummings will conduct funeral services on Thursday October 18 at 11 a.m. at Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester where Tri-State Veterans Burial Group and the Honor Guard of the West Virginia National Guard will provide full military honors. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

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