After serving in the Korean War effort (Army), Dale eventually moved to Long Beach, California and worked in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. He met his wife, Donna Kosmoski, and they were married in 1959. In 1963, the family (with two small children) moved to the San Diego-area. Having success as a real estate investor and landlord, Dale also opened one of the first mini-storage facilities in San Diego area in 1974…which he managed until a few weeks before his death.
Dale was known as a successful and well-traveled man, who never lacked for a story. He authored two compilations of historical short stories about the Wolf Creek Basin and Black Hawk County.
Although he never moved back to Iowa after leaving his childhood home, La Porte City and his youth here never left his thoughts for long.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents, sister Joan Schreiber and his wife of 52 years, Donna. He is survived by his son Edward, daughter Karen, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
A graveside ceremony is scheduled at West View Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 21 at 11:00am.