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Vincent Victor Dalke

Posted 2018-05-13 by Judy Wight Branson
The Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona
Sunday, May 13, 2018, page 9a

Vincent Victor Dalke passed into peace on May 3, 2018, at his home
in Prescott, Arizona. Vince was born in Tracy, Minnesota, on June
22, 1941, to Dorothy and Victor Dalke.

There his parents were farmers, but Dorothy’s health required a move
to a warmer climate. At six months of age, Vince and his two
brothers were brought to Prescott, Arizona. The four-room house with
lots of acreage welcomed two sisters during the next four years.
Soon after the move, Dorothy and Victor, joined the Smoki People and
brought their family of seven into an organization that gave Vince
and his siblings a time of camaraderie and fun.

He attended St. Joseph’s Academy where life-long friends were made
and graduated in 1960. The contagious, positive approach to life and
integrity that Vince possessed were the magnets that held fast to
his schoolmates. Although his dream of training as a draftsman would
be placed on hold, he began working as a plumbers’ assistant the
year of his graduation. During that summer he met Bonnylin
Stephenson at the Kiwanis Park Dance Pavilion and they danced into
each other’s hearts, temporarily. In May, 1961, they discovered one
another again and saw a future together. That next year they married
on December 15th at the United Methodist Church in Prescott. In late
1963 Vince and Bonnylin moved to Phoenix so he could attend the
Plumbers and Pipefitters’ Local 469 apprenticeship school. There he
achieved the honor of being top apprentice for the year 1965/66.
During their time in Phoenix, their son, Vincent James, was born in
‘66 and their daughter, Becky Annette, in ‘69. Before the birth of
their daughter, Vince began building his first project, a duplex.
Tired of the heat and traveling away from home for work, Vince began
his second project in 1974. This would be a home next door to his
parents in Prescott. Here life had new opportunities, like traveling
with the family to wonderful places all over the United States and
Arizona while returning to some old traditions, like raising their
own beef and gardening.

In 1977 two more adventures would begin, Dalke Glass Aft Supplies
and Dalke Plumbing. Both were a success and established them within
their newly growing Prescott community. While his children became
busy with sports, school and exploring, as he had in the granite
boulders and back roads, Vince returned to collecting, camping,
learning about Native American history and entertaining friends and
family. In 1984 another construction project sprouted, the building
at 215 N. McCormick. This would be the home for Dalke Glass Art
Supplies, with his son and nephews helping on the project. The final
home for the business was a remodel at 125 S. McCormick in 1993.
Still being involved with the Smoki People of Prescott, Vince was
elected in 1988 to be leader, Chief Gourd Grower. This was an honor
for him in a very difficult time. During that year a diagnosis of
rheumatoid arthritis painfully began to cripple his feet and hands.
Smiling through the pain until the very end, he would never succumb
to limitation. Vince and Bonnylin closed their businesses, Dalke
Plumbing in ‘85 and Dalke Glass Aft Supply in ‘97 and rightfully
retired. Traveling became a special pleasure for the couple. They
visited many countries in Europe between the years 1997 and 2006. A
trip apart from these was India in 2000 with good friend Perry. Here
he visited many notable sites, like the amazing Dharmasala, the home
to the Dalai Lama. Being the collector he was, there were large and
small items from the travels shipped home, some would be used for
yet another build. In 2006, his son, Vince, now an architect, would
be asked to design a house at the top of the ridge of the property.
Over the next several years, he would construct a road to the top
and with the help of only one helper at a time, build the beautiful
home he and his wife enjoyed for his remaining years. Vince could
never stop creating. He would pull inspiration from all types of
material, natural and recycled. His eye caught the unusual, making
stunning devil’s claw wind catchers, javelina hair earrings and many
amazing pieces of jewelry. His wife, daughter and he became vendors
at the Prescott Farmers Market so these items along with pecans,
worms and worm castings could be shared with others. A consummate
salesman, he joked, teased and engaged buyers with his conversation.
His quick wit caught everyone that met him leaving, even if not with
an item at least a smile or joke. This left a lasting impression
even after his grandson, Vincent, and his wife, Gabriella, moved up
to help when he could no longer attend. His life was full and
exciting and he always had a generous heart. Vince never met a
stranger and enjoyed conversation with all those that needed a
friend. He had a laugh that would infect you even at your lowest.
His eyes would twinkle with mischief and you knew something was up
his sleeve; almost always a joke. He worked hard and enjoyed life
even more; passing this onto his lineage was no strange coincidence.

His son, Vincent James, became an architect, fulfilling his father’s
dreams of designing buildings. This was a passion they shared,
giving advice and support to each other. His daughter, Becky
Annette, provided music that filled her father with joy throughout
his life and into his final moments. Her care for him in his
prolonged illness brought comfort and friendship they forever share.
Vince was so happy that his grandson, Vincent Juan, wanted to live
with his wife on their property, and they moved into the house that
he had built in 1974. Together they shared jokes and his pride would
show when seeing Vincent perform stand-up comedy. Vince felt that he
and his grandson, Matthew Tomas, were like two peas in a pod. They
loved to joke, talk about baseball and everything in between. When
Matt received a scholarship to play baseball in college, Vince could
not have been prouder. Vince was a kid in constant motion, curious
and fun-loving. He always felt lucky to have experienced the ever-
changing history and beauty of Prescott. It is with this mind that
he made his surroundings his own during the 76 years of life on the
Dalke property. He was always exploring while learning about the
world and his connection therein. Vince was a wonderful father,
grandfather and friend, but as a husband, he excelled. His love for
Bonnylin never wavered, finding joy just holding her hand. He was
her guide, teacher and lover. Life was good and they made each other
so completely happy.

Vince is survived by his wife, Bonnylin; his daughter, Becky
Annette; his son, Vincent James; and grandson, Vincent Juan
(Gabriella) and Matthew Tomas; his sisters, Rita Crawford and
Catherine Hartin; and many nieces and nephews. Vince was preceded in
death by parents, Victor Lawrence and Dorothy Elmire (Krueger)
Dalke; and his brothers, Denis R. Dalke and Carter L. Dalke.

There will be a Celebration of Life, on his birthday, June 22, at
the Dalke home property, from, 3-8 p.m. For more information contact
the family at

Arrangements entrusted to Hampton Funeral Home.

Information provided by survivors.

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