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Richmond Hill homeowner, explosion survivor passes away

Posted: 7:43 AM, Jul 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-05 20:28:24-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Baier had a knack for turning Lego pieces into masterpieces.

After becoming ill, he turned to rectangles, squares, and circles parts to help with the mobility in hands.

It helped while he snapped together Buckingham Palace and its 3 x 7 skyline.

It kept him focused while the White House and the Capitol Building went up.

He was driven to complete this Porsche which came with 500 pages of instructions and 1,580 pieces.

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In 2012, Dale was among the survivors of the Richmond Hill explosion.

Though his home is across the street, he'll tell you he slept through the blast.

Once he woke-up, his priority was his wife and family that lived nearby and getting them to safety.

Dale was big on family.

Like the Ferris wheel he built with 2,463 parts, he embraced life's ups and downs.

The ups were his wife of nearly 46 years his two daughters and his four grandchildren.

The man who mastered assembling blocks of all colors and sizes to keep sharp and healthy...was at the center of his own "Magic Kingdom" where all enjoyed his multiple layouts of Legos and no one doubted his loyalty and love.

Dale would have celebrated his 65th birthday on July 18.

His funeral is set for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

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