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Dale E. Graunke, 64

Dale Edward Graunke, age 64, of St. Louis Park, formerly of Delano/Watertown, died suddenly Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at his home.

He was born April 23, 1948, in Waconia, to George and Evelyn (Will) Graunke.

Dale graduated from Delano High School in 1968.

He was employed at Tonka Toys, and eventually Bemis in St. Louis Park, where he was employed for more than 40 years.

Dale enjoyed fishing, camping, car racing, sporting events, especially football; and collecting antiques.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Evelyn Graunke; a sister, Judith Graunke; brother-in-law Leo Svoboda; and a niece, Bev Ehlers.

Dale is survived by his siblings; sisters Marlys Winsemann, Barb Graunke, Pat (Larry) Snodgrass, Lois Svoboda, and Carol (Duane) Poliwoda; brothers Dennis Graunke, Richard (Fran) Graunke, Glen Graunke, Ronald (Audrey) Graunke, Frank Graunke, Leroy (Blythe) Graunke, and Roger (Ginger) Graunke; special family member Debra Schmidt, with whom Dale had a sisterly bond; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial services took place Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano, with a gathering of family and friends at the funeral home for two hours prior to the services. Inurnment was in the Watertown Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.