Dale D. Stoll

Dale David Stoll, 85, of Sarasota, Fla., died Sept. 13, 2022. He was born Oct. 5, 1936, to Henry and Goldie (Miller) Stoll in Mount Ayr, Ind.

He was baptized at Burr Oak Mennonite Church, where his father was a pastor. In 1954 he graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va. He earned a bachelor’s in commerce degree from Goshen College in Indiana and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

His long career in nonprofit healthcare management began in 1965 at Evanston Hospital in Illinois and later at St. Luke’s hospital in Cleveland. In 1971 he moved to Flower Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he served as president. He oversaw the hospital’s relocation to Sylvania, Ohio, with the construction of a new hospital and campus. After retiring from Flower, he consulted for Mennonite Board of Missions at a variety of facilities, including Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta, Colo. He was an honest and fair employer who cared about each person.

He served on the board of directors of Charter One Bank, the Ohio Hospital Association, Sunnyside Village, Charis Counseling Center and Sarasota Christian School. He taught business courses at Goshen College’s Sarasota campus. He was a visionary leader who left a legacy of new facilities and programs that continue to provide a wide spectrum of care to their communities.

Every summer, he and Carolyn took their family to Little Eden Camp and later built a cottage on Fife Lake for gatherings. He enjoyed boating and riding motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVs through the woods of northern Michigan. He loved music and contributed his strong bass voice to choirs and a cappella groups.

Christian faith was central to his personal and professional lives. He was active in congregations everywhere he lived. His and Carolyn’s current church home is Covenant Mennonite in Sarasota.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Ruth (Morrison); four children, Steve, David, Suzanne (Dave) Douma and Ned (Cindy) Stoll; five grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Lois (Herr) Stoll; their son Ned was welcomed into his and Carolyn’s family at that time.

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