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Wallace 'Wally' Dibb

Funeral services celebrating the life of Wallace “Wally” Dibb, age 76, of Lester Prairie, were Saturday, April 1, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie. Wally died Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Wallace LaVern Dibb was born Jan. 13, 1930 in Lester Prairie, the son of Earl and Sylvia (Zebell) Dibb. He was baptized Feb. 2, 1930 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. Spleiss, and confirmed into the faith at the same church April 2, 1944 by the Rev. Stahlke.

Wally attended St. Paul’s parochial school and graduated from Lester Prairie High School. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for mechanical drafting associate in 1963.

Wally was united in marriage to Shirley Machemehl June 24, 1950 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. Erb.

Wally played on the Lester Prairie baseball town team that won the class B championship in 1950. He was a member of Mr. Jaycees, and also organized the first Cub Scout group in Lester Prairie.

He began working at Schwartz Manufacturing at the age of 15, and continued to be employed there for 45 years. After retirement, he worked for Jerry and Fred Pawelk at North Central Ambulance, transporting ambulances countrywide.

Wally regularly donated blood to the American Red Cross, and donated a total of 139 pints of blood. He was a volunteer on the Lester Prairie Fire Department for 54 years, serving as assistant chief, president of the Regional Fireman Association, and as the fire prevention instructor.

An active member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wally served on the church council and many other committees, including the building committee and the centennial committee.

Together with his wife, Shirley, he served as a counselor of the St. Paul Active Christian Teens for 11 years. Wally’s interest, concern, and love for all youths were evident.

Wally liked woodworking, and playing and watching many different sports. He enjoyed visiting and joking with everyone he knew. He loved to go fishing and hunting with his brothers and friends, but especially enjoyed taking time to go out hunting with his sons.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers-in-law Louis Machemehl, Ardin Gutzman, and Bill Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dibb of Lester Prairie; sons Kraig Dibb (partner Mary Weber) of Grand Rapids, Keith Dibb (wife Jill) of Sauk Rapids, Kirk Dibb (partner Joyce Perry) of Winona, and Kent Dibb (wife Sue) of Litchfield; and grandchildren Chris Dibb, Kyle and Andy Dibb, Dylan, Paige, and Hannah Dibb; Teal, Willa and Erikur Weber; and Terri and William Perry.

Wally is further survived by siblings Earl Dibb Jr. (wife June) of St. Cloud, Doug Dibb (wife Arlene) of Lester Prairie, and Lyle Dibb of Lester Prairie; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Irma Smith of Waconia, Marvanna Machemehl of Winsted, Earl Machemehl (wife Betty), and Ralph Machemehl (wife Donna), all of Lester Prairie; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Officiating at the 2 p.m. funeral service was the Rev. Eric Nelson. The organist was Marsha Christenson, and the soloist was Mike Puetz, who sang “On Eagle’s Wings” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The congregational hymns were “Chief Of Sinners Though I Be” and “I’m But A Stranger Here.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Jerry Pawelk, Fred Pawelk, Steve Klobe, Doug Birkholz, Jim Hoof, and Donald Hoof.

Visitation took place Friday evening, March 31, at the church.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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