Dale F. Emery, 80

Dale F. Emery, age 80, of Orr, and formerly of Delano, went home to his heavenly Father Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

He was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Wetonka, SD, to George Dewey and Vivian (Iverson) Emery.

Dale lived in many different states with his parents when he was growing up. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1952. His family then settled in Watertown.

Dale enlisted in the Army in 1955, and served until 1958, with an honorable discharge from the Reserves in 1962.

He was joined in marriage to Barbara Russek May 11, 1963, and they spent 52 wonderful years together. In 1965, they purchased an 80-acre farm southwest of Delano, where they raised four sons.

In the early 1970s, Dale and Barbara started Emery’s Tree Service, Inc., serving the local area and much of the Minneapolis and Metro area. Today, the business is owned and operated by one of their sons.

In 2003, they sold the farm to their son, John and moved up to the Ash River Trail in Orr, where they built a new home. They had just recently sold their place on the trail, and had plans to move back to Delano.

Dale passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth after suffering from severe heart disease.

He will be especially missed for his funny one-liners.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jim and John; sister Betty; brothers-in-law Gene Arial, and Jim Robbins; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lorraine and Gordon Stieve; and brother-in-law Ed Russek.

He leaves behind his wife, Barb; sons Dennis (Jody), John (Janet), Doug (Lindsey), and Daryl (Kristi); 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings Chuck (Lil) Emery and Margaret Robbins; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial services took place Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano,. There was a gathering of family and friends in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church from 4 to 7 p.m., prior to the services.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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