Victor Dale Barber passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at home with his family.
He was born March 16, 1921, at Sylvester, Texas, to Vic and Elmah Barber. He graduated in 1939 from Sandpoint (Idaho) High School and later attended Texas Tech University.
Dale married Florice Smith on Aug. 21, 1943, at Sandpoint.
Prior to World War II, he worked on the Farragut Naval Station in northern Idaho. He served in the Navy in the Philippines during the war.
After WWII ended, he drove a logging truck in Sandpoint. In 1950, the Barber family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dale worked in the family trucking business, later hauling freight between Canada and Alaska. During the TransAlaska Pipeline construction in the 1970s he drove truck to Prudhoe Bay and, in early 1969, Dale, his brother Carroll and father Vic joined other truckers to take the first freight, by truck, to Prudhoe, using bulldozers to cut the road that would later become the Dalton Highway or the "Ice Road."
Dale and Florice moved to Clarkston in the late 1970s, and they owned Lewiston Harley-Davidson until they both retired. They traveled on their Harley and also "wintered" in Apache Junction, Ariz. Dale rode in the first eight Asotin County Trail Rides with his wife, Florice. He was a member of the Elks Lodge.
Dale is survived by his wife, Florice Barber; daughters Sally and Don Mills of Lewiston and Sheri and Dan McInturff of Riverside, Calif.; a son, Randy and Dana Barber of Tempe, Ariz.; grandchildren Gary Dixon Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Amy Borling of Fairbanks, Kim Renshaw of Nipomo, Calif., Greg Peede of Fairbanks, Debbie Dixon-Pellum of Chino, Calif., Markel Adams of Apache Junction and Dylan Barber of Mesa, Ariz.; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Carroll Barber of Fairbanks and Bruce and Norma Barber of Anchorage.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law Vernon and Gerry Barber; brothers Reade Wendell Barber and George (Pete) Barber; and grandson Jeff Peede.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 Seventh St. in Clarkston.
Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Please sign the online guest book at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.