Dale Edward Smith, 77, of BreckenridgePublished 10:42am Thursday, February 20, 2014 Updated 12:49pm Thursday, February 20, 2014
Dale Edward Smith, 77, of Breckenridge, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, N.D., after a courageous seven-month battle with cancer.
Dale was born Feb. 22, 1936 in Wahpeton to Ernest and Elsie (Chizek) Smith. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. He attended elementary school at Center Township in rural Wahpeton, and graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1954.
He entered the National Guard, and then joined the U.S. Army in 1956, where he was stationed in Panama City, Mexico. He received many awards, including Sharpshooter (light machine gun), a Good Conduct Medal, Marksman (automatic rifle), Sharpshooter (60mm Mort), and Expert (RR57mm).
In 1958, Dale was honorably discharged from the Army and returned back home to Wahpeton.
Dale first worked as a mechanic for the Jack Reed Chevrolet Dealership, and then for short time at Quine Roofing, both in Wahpeton.
For the next 37 years (1960 to 1997), he worked at Northwestern Sheet and Iron Works, Wahpeton, and Johnson Culvert in Fargo; transitioning from a semi-truck driver to a shop foreman.
Dale married Lois Herding on Jan. 2, 1960, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. They lived in Wahpeton for three years before moving the family to Breckenridge, where they raised their five children and are currently living.
Dale had a strong work ethic and emphasized the importance of being fair and honest. His legacy of strong character, honesty, and hard work was gratefully received by his children.
As a young man, Dale loved to go hunting and fishing. He received great satisfaction in passing on his love of deer hunting to his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed working on the family farm near Underwood, MN; and gardening. As a devoted father and husband, what he valued most in life, was the time spent with his family.
Dale is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois; his children, Kevin (Kathy) Smith of Breckenridge, Steve (Louise) Smith of Savage, Linda (Dale) Madsen of St. Anthony, Debbie (Chris) Kline of Eden Prairie, and Jim Smith of Breckenridge; his grandchildren, Jesse (Tanya) Smith of Maple Grove, Derek (Lea) Smith of Savage, Brandon Smith, Katie Kline, Jacki Kline, Connor Kline of Eden Prairie, Logan Smith, and Kayla Smith of Breckenridge; his great-grandchildren, Ryder Smith of Maple Grove, Arlo Birawer of St. Louis Park, and his eagerly-anticipated great-grandchild, of Savage.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Ernie and Elsie Smith; his sister, Delores; and his brother, Eugene.
Memorials preferred to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the funeral home
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Breckenridge
Burial: Is planned at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Breckenridge
Funeral Home: Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge