James Dale Kitchen, 65, of Lexington died Aug. 7, 2017


James Dale Kitchen, 65, of Lexington died on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 in Roanoke, following a traumatic brain injury caused by an accident at home.

Dale was a devoted husband and loving father, a proud Eagle Scout, and a lifelong Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Vikings fan.

He was born Aug. 11, 1951, in Staten Island, N.Y., to the late Lt. Col. James Kenneth Kitchen and Irene Thompson Kitchen. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Taylor Kitchen; his children, Kaitlin Randolph Kitchen Kaskela and James Cody Kitchen; a son-in-law, Philip Tsutomu Kaskela; and his black lab puppy, Scout. His friends and family will miss his love, loyalty, kind nature, and commitment to being super cool.

Dale grew up in Virginia after spending a few years in Paris as the son of a military officer following World War II. His family settled in Hopewell, near Fort Lee, where he graduated from Hopewell High School.  He then attended Virginia Military Institute, where he played baseball and studied civil engineering, graduating with the class of 1973.

Following college, he attended graduate school at University of Virginia before moving to Richmond, where he met his wife of 34 years, Ruth. In his early career, Dale worked in engineering management for Virginia Power/Dominion Resources, moving him and his wife across Virginia to several power stations before they settled in Lexington to raise their two children.

In Lexington, Dale worked for the Virginia Department of Health – Office of Drinking Water, supervising projects that enabled communities across Virginia, particularly in rural areas, to develop improved water treatment facilities and access clean drinking water.

Also in Lexington, he was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church as an usher, financial secretary, and trustee. He loved serving as a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster for Troop 5. He most appreciated light camaraderie with others, golfing, hunting, fly fishing, watching sports, talking about his children, and, throughout his life, raising black Labrador retrievers.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Trinity United Methodist Church, which the Rev. Joseph Cailles will officiate. A reception at 2 p.m. will follow at VMI’s Moody Hall. The family is being served by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dale may be made to either the VMI Keydet Club, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA. 24450, or Trinity United Methodist Church, 147 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450.



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