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Dale Curtis Hisler


Monday, June 19, 2017

Denton, Mont. — Dale Curtis Hisler, 70, of Denton passed away early Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 2017 in the Central Montana Medical Center. He was born June 17, 1946 in New London, N.H., the son of Oakley and Helen (Call) Hisler. Dale grew up in Sutton and New London, New Hampshire. As a young man, Dale’s interest in cooking led him to attend the Culinary Institute of America. He later worked as a chef before he was drafted and served in the United States Army for two years including a tour at Long Binh and other bases in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Upon his return, Dale became very interested in honoring and living the traditional ways of indigenous peoples. From the Abenaki homeland to Piegan (Blackfeet) country he took strength and rediscovered his hope for the future in Indian country. He tanned hides, sewed pipe bags and moccasins, did stone carvings, and followed a life based on traditional Native ways. As a third-generation mason, Dale also took on a new career building stonewalls, walkways, fireplaces and custom ovens. Dale and his two sons Hinmaton and Pram Das Hisler lived for many years in Norwich, Vermont. In 1985 Truman Barrett gave Dale permission to build a Beaver Oven on Barrett Meadows in Norwich at the base of Bragg Hill Road. Dale, Brett Bourne, and others laid the stone foundation, pounded the waddle and daub to perfection, and completed the oven. This gift to the community has been a gathering place for many in Norwich and the wider region ever since. Dale loved his community and he took the time to share his talents by training and assisting his neighbors in the building of their own ovens. As a master mason, his work was well known throughout New England. For the last 26 years of his life, Dale lived in Blackfeet country in Montana, where he truly felt at home. He spent his time with dear friends and enjoyed the beauty of Big Sky country while riding Sluggo, his loyal horse. Those closest with Dale will remember him for his unconditional love and friendship. He was a very caring and giving man who lived a very simple life. Dale is survived by his brother, Dennis (Sally) Hisler of Newbury, N.H.; his sons Hinmaton (Samantha) Hisler of Midlothian, Va., and Pram Dass (Nicole) Hisler of Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughters, Tracy Dane (Blake) Deeney of Hansen, Mass., and Tammy (Marco) Leone of West Barnstable, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; the mothers of his children, Ginna Bourisseau of North Carolina and Roberta de Masellis of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his service dog, Dakota, who cared for Dale in ways no one else could. There will be a celebration gathering on Saturday, July 1st at the Norwich Bread Oven in Norwich, Vermont starting at 12 Noon. Donations in Dale’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, https://www.dav.org/ways-to-give/