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William Dale Fretwell

September 8, 1940 ~ April 16, 2019 (age 78)


William Dale Fretwell left his earthly home to reside in Heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 16th.  There we know he was greeted and is celebrating with his parents, William Lewis Fretwell and Gladys Tilley Fretwell, his son, Mark Alan, his brother, Ronnie, and the many friends and family that preceded him.

Dale lived his younger years in Virginia where he worked as a Claims Manager for Nationwide Insurance and enjoyed many years of sun, boating, and skiing at Smith Mountain Lake.  After thirty-two years committed to Nationwide, he retired and eventually moved to his dream home in beautiful, hot, sunny Florida.  He spent the last few years of his life in OH near family enjoying holidays and many special occasions together, faithfully attending Church, and enjoying all the flavors of ice cream Graeters and United Dairy Farmers offers.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife of fifty-eight years, Glinna Ponder Fretwell.  Dale and Glinna’s commitment to love, family, and God is a testament of the power of devotion and faith and continues to serve as a strong example for their children and grandchildren.

Dale will always be remembered for his charming smile, resonating voice, quick humor, obsessive organization, and unrelenting stubbornness.  He was a big personality with strong unwavering opinions, and he helped shape and influence many lives including his children: Michael Fretwell and his wife Belinda of Stevensville, MD; Tim Fretwell and his wife Tania of Roanoke, VA; and Virginia Galvin and her husband, Jim of Columbus, OH.  His grandchildren, Brooke and Josh Fretwell, and Owen and Emmett Galvin will continue his legacy of working hard, remaining diligent and determined in all they do, and playing equally as hard as they work.

Please join Dale’s family in celebrating his life and saying a final goodbye this Saturday, April 20th at Lotz Funeral Home, 1330 East Main Street, Salem, VA, 10am – 11am.  A small graveside service will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to support the compassionate and selfless Hospice caregivers that took care of Dale in his final days.  Donations can be made via the National Church Residence’s website,

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