|5/13/2020 10:52:00 AM|
Dale Robert Elston
Dale Elston, 76, of Windom died May 7, 2020, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
A private family service will be held Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastor Mike McInnis officiating.
Special music will be provided by Carol Vought, organist; and Kim Glidden, vocalist, singing "Amazing Grace" and "I Can Only Imagine."
Casket bearers will be Josh Elston, Bob Glidden, Scott Veenker, Arly Soleta, Cooper Bramstedt and Brent Bramstedt.
Honorary bearers will be Dave Bockelman, Gary Renczykowski, Lynn Nelson, Dan Potkonak, Dick Wiens, Ernie Hunter and members of Oddfellows IOOF Lodge.
Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 206 of Windom outside the church following the service.
Interment will be at Springfield Township Cemetery in rural Windom.
Anyone from the public wanting to attend the burial may meet in the First United Methodist Church parking lot at 2 p.m., on Saturday. Those attending are advised to stay in their vehicles.
A public drive-through visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., outside First Methodist Church in Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Dale Robert Elston was born on Aug. 9, 1943, in Windom, to the late Robert Keith and Margaret Johanna (Jensen) Elston.
He received his early education at the Great Bend Country School and the String Lakes Country School. Dale then attended Windom Public Schools, graduating in the Class of 1961.
Dale enlisted in the United States Army in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1964 and returned to Windom.
In 1966, Dale was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Kaufman in 1966. Barbara passed away unexpectedly in 1967.
On Jan. 25, 1969, Dale was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Dwight at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. This marriage was blessed with three children: Randall, Robin and Rhonda. Through the years, Dale was a crop and cattle farmer until retirement and then drove truck for GRM.
Dale was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Windom. He also belonged to many civic organizations, including 4-H member, where he was an adult leader and softball coach; the Cottonwood County Beef Producers, where he was Cattleman of the Year in 1996; Oddfellows IOOF Lodge; and served for 14 years as a Springfield Town board member.
Dale will be remembered as a soft-hearted man and had many enjoyments in life, which included love of land, the clouds, the moon, his animals and his family, especially his grandchildren.
Recently, Dale had been in and out of the hospital and was most recently hospitalized at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, where he passed away on Thursday evening, May 7, 2020, at the age of 76 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara Ann Elston of Windom; three children: Randall (Krisi Berning) of Jackson; Robin (Tim) Snyder of Windom; Rhonda (Austin Crowell) Elston of Windom; seven grandchildren: Emma, Joseph, Johanna, Willah, Corah Jo, Chloe and Colton; sister, Kathleen (Jim) Glidden of Windom; brother, David (Juane) Elston of Windom; brothers-in-law, Robert (Jannath) Dwight of Plymouth; Brian (Robyn) Dwight of Waskish; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and Arthur the Dog.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Jean; one brother, Joe Elston; and three nephews.
Blessed be the memory of Dale Robert Elston.