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Dale L. Ramsey, 63, of Rimersburg, Penn., passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, at Penn Highlands Hospital, DuBois. 

He was born October 31, 1952, in Madison Twp., Clarion Co., Penn., the son of Minnie L. (Bowser) Colwell. 

Dale was a lifetime resident of Madison Township and graduated from Union High School in 1970. He continued his education at Virginia Tech and Penn State. After graduating Penn State, he was the founding member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Penn State University Student Chapter, where he continued as an industry advisor and was a true mentor to the students within the program, also assisting with job placement. For over 42 years, he was the general manager at Senex Explosives, Inc. Dale was a member of the ISEE and served as the organization's president for two years. He also attended the Wildcat Wesleyan Methodist Church and in his spare time enjoyed flying drones and taking aerial photography. 

He will be deeply missed by his mother, Minnie L. Colwell, of Rimersburg; companion of 10 years, Shirley Miles, of New Castle; Shirley's children, Cindy and Stacey; Shirley's grandchildren, Jessica, Mackenzie, Haley and Anne Marie; aunts, Joan Custer and husband, Ronald, of Rimersburg, and Jean Drayer and husband, Hardee, of Sheakleyville, Penn.; and West Highland Terrier dog, Boomer. 

Dale was preceded in death by his step-father, Herman A. Colwell; grandparents, Jeremiah and Nancy Bowser; uncle, Clarence Bowser; and aunt, Blanche Bowser. 

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016, at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, 758 Main Street, Rimersburg. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Deeter officiating. 

Burial will be in Rimersburg Cemetery, Rimersburg, Pennsylvania. Contributions may be given in Dale's memory to the Wildcat Wesleyan Methodist Church, PO Box 636, Rimersburg, PA 16248. 

Registration is now open for the Southeast Blasting Workshop, which will be held May 12-13, 2016, at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. This workshop will feature topics on electronic detonators; best drilling practices; regulatory updates from ATF and MSHA; interpreting seismograph data; and legal issues regarding quarries and blasting. It will also include 8 retraining credit hours. Check with your state regulatory authority to see if the workshop hours are accepted in your state.

Did you have a recent breakthrough on a project? Submit your findings for a chance to present your work at the world’s largest conference on explosives engineering.

Abstracts for the 43rd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, to be held Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2017, at the Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Fla., are now being accepted by the International Society of Explosives Engineers.

Papers addressing all explosives and blasting-related topics will be considered. Accepted papers will be scheduled for either one of the technical sessions or the Blasters Forum, a multimedia poster event with one-on-one interaction between the author and the audience.

Abstracts of approximately 200-400 words are due by May 13, 2016.The submission site, guidelines, instructions and deadlines can be viewed here. Please contact us if you do not receive confirmation within two weeks of submitting your abstract. Chapter sponsored papers must be submitted by the deadline.

The Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique is the largest gathering of its kind involving field blasters, manufacturers of explosives-related products, educators and researchers. The conference provides a forum for the discussion of practical and technical information as well as presentation of the latest discoveries in the commercial explosives industry worldwide. ISEE members and non-members are invited to submit ideas for papers to be presented at the Conference. Presented papers will be published in the Proceedings of the conference.

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