Dale A. Dodge, 71

Dale Alan Dodge, age 71, of Dassel, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born Oct. 3, 1942, in St. Paul, to Donavin and Edith (Norum) Dodge.  Dale grew up in St. Paul, then Montevideo, and at age 13, came to Cokato, where he attended Cokato High School.

At age 17, Dale joined the United States Navy and served to age 21 as a helicopter mechanic.  He spent time on the USS Enterprise and the USS Lake Champlain.

Dale married Diane Johnson March 6, 1965.  Pastor Russell Peterson performed the ceremony at Diane’s parents’ house. 

Dale worked first at White Front in Cokato, then Super Value, Dundee Nursery, and Cub Foods.  He retired at age 66.

Dale enjoyed gardening, the casino, hunting, fishing, and Indy racing.  He loved all football. 

A very fair man, Dale would do anything for anyone so long as you showed proper respect for others. 

Most of all, Dale loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane; children Renee (Mark) Littfin of Winsted, Dirk Dodge of Delano, and Rachelle (Shawn Heairet) Dodge of Cokato; grandchildren Jeremy Dodge of Winsted, Bobbi Jo (Jose) Ruacho of Howard Lake, Austin Paulson of Dassel, Mariah Dodge and Kyleigh Dodge of Milbank SD, and Oliva Dodge and Nevaeh Dodge of Cokato; great-grandchildren Isabella, Devin, Blake and Braydn; and brothers Larry of Little Falls, Danny of Cokato, Lana (Gerry) Boerm of Robbinsdale, and Steve (Debbie) of Brooklyn Park.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Linda Kohler; and a brother, Lowell.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Music was provided by Barb Froeming and Craig Kroeger. Urn bearers were Conrad Webb, Gary Fleming, Joe Kelly, and Roy Forsberg.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.

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