Otto "Dale" Fischgrabe '53 April 27, 2023 10:29 AM updated: April 27, 2023 10:37 AM
Otto "Dale" Fischgrabe
April 9th, 1932 - April 3rd, 2023
After 90 years of gameplay, the Fischgrabe and Long families somberly announce that Otto Dale Fischgrabe laid down his final domino here on earth on April 3, 2023, in Bentonville, AR.
Dale was dealt quite the hand in life and played that hand freely with all who sat across the table from him. To his friends, he laid down loyalty, generosity, and hard work. To his family, he played strength, dedication and passion. Above all else, the ace up his sleeve was love. He was by every account a doting husband, supportive father, beloved grandfather and friend to all.
Born in Bell County, TX on April 9, 1932, the son of Otto August and Juel Breeding Fischgrabe, Dale attended school in Moody through his graduation from Moody High School in 1949. He then moved to College Station, TX to attend Texas A&M University where he graduated in 1953 with his degree in Agronomy.
Following his graduation from Texas A&M, Dale’s next shuffle found him enlisted in the Army where he served as a 1st Lieutenant from May 1954 through March 1956. During this time, he was stationed in Fort Benning, GA and Fort Hood, TX.
Between his junior and senior years as an Aggie, Dale scored his biggest win yet by marrying Bobbie Jean “Bebob” Phillips in June of 1952. The two welcomed five children during their life together and remained happily married until her death in March 2013.
In January 2022, Dale bid on his tiles once more and found that his luck had not yet run out. This bid led to his marriage to Lee Ann Baugh. He and Lee Ann would remain by one another’s side until his final domino was played.
In addition to his wife, Dale’s seat at the table will be kept warm by his surviving family including his only daughter, Debra Kay Long and husband Karl of Fort Worth, Texas; and sons, Steven Dale Fischgrabe and wife Debbie Jo of Ashland, Missouri; Otto Duane Fischgrabe and wife Melodi of Rogers, Arkansas; Dennis Layne Fischgrabe and wife Diane of Beulah, Michigan and Dru Fischgrabe and wife Brenda of Waubay, South Dakota; along with 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation, followed by a celebration of life will begin at 1:00 pm on April 15, 2023, at the Moody-Leon United Methodist Church. Immediately after, we will lay Dale to rest at the Moody Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Dale requested that donations be made to the Moody-Leon United Methodist Church. The address is 15760 Moody Leon Road, Moody, TX 76557 or you can visit their website at moodyfirst.com for additional ways to donate in his honor.
Dale will be missed deeply by all who knew him, but what a wonderful celebration is happening for him in the presence of the Father and those loved ones who preceded him in death. In fact, if you listen closely, you can almost hear the dominoes being shuffled in Heaven.
Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with these arrangements.