Dale E. Magnuson, 76, of New Germany and recently Backus, MN, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Brainerd.
He was born April 27, 1938, at the Cottage Hospital in Watertown, to Joseph and Eleanor (Lenz) Magnuson. Dale was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Menth April 17, 1955. Six children were born to this marriage; Keith, Scott, Troy Magnuson, Robyn Hoese, Corbey Hentges and Meghan Baumgartner.
Dale attended school in Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Elgin, and graduated from Watertown High School.
In his days at Watertown, anyone needing a vocalist called on him for his baritone solos. He sang at church events throughout the metro area, as well as his home church in Watertown.
In 1967, Dale started his own electrical contracting business. After retirement, he spent his time hunting, fishing, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Dale truly loved his grandchildren.
He spent a lot of his time trying to catch “the big one” on Lake Sanborn in Backus, where they moved. His faithful black Lab spent every moment with him there, hunting or fishing.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Eleanor (Lenz) Magnuson; father- and mother-in-law Roy and Luella Menth; brother Larry Magnuson; nephew Mark Wengler; and brother-in-law Dale McPadden.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; children Keith and Mary Ann Magnuson, Scott and Lois Magnuson, Robyn Hoese, Troy and Mary Frances Magnuson, Corbey and Chip Hentges, and Meghan and Jason Baumgartner: grandchildren Colin, Erik, Haley, Wakley, Clay, Samantha, Roy, Kiley, Chayne, Harley, Madyson, and Myranda; a sister, Sandra (Donald) Wengler; a brother, Mark (Cynthia) Magnuson; sister-in-law Marilyn McPadden; Sue Magnuson; plus other nieces and nephews.
A private prayer service was held Sept. 10.
A celebration of Dale’s life took place Saturday, Oct. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Burns Excavating in Mayer.