Dale A. Walterhouse 1957

Posted Jun 12, 2019

Deceased Dale Walterhouse

Dale A. Walterhouse ’57, died on May 29, 2019. He was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio on September 21, 1934 to the late John and Fern (Pool) Walterhouse. Dale was a 1957 graduate of Otterbein College. He acquired his Master’s degree from Akron University in 1969. During his time at Otterbein Dale was active in “O” Club, football, track and field, and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi (Country Club) fraternity. Also at Otterbein, Dale met is wife, and Otterbein alumna, Joanne Klenk Walterhouse ’58.

Dale and his wife Jo came to Massillon in 1958 at the request of Tiger Head Coach Leo Strang, who was Dale’s coach at Upper Sandusky High School. 

Dale was a football coach and teacher; his coaching career spanned 24 seasons, and coached on six State Championship and two National Championship teams. Dale is a member of the inaugural class of the Tiger Hall of Fame with a plaque mounted in the Tiger Athletic Hallway at WHS.

Dale’s teaching and community service career in Massillon spanned 6 decades. He taught everything from health and physical education to general chemistry. He also served as the District Wide Supervisor of Health and Physical Education and served a short stint as WHS Athletic Director. 

Dale received many awards recognizing his community service. In addition to his Tiger Hall of Fame honor, he was named Honorary Captain for 2 Tiger football games, and just last year, Dale received the One Tiger Heritage Award, given to individuals who contribute decades of time and effort toward bettering their community and helping Massillon’s youth.

Dale is survived by his wife, Jo; children; Kathy Smith, Kurt Walterhouse and Steve Walterhouse; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.