Dale F. Emery age 80 of Orr and formerly of Delano went home to his heavenly father on June 10, 2015. He was born January 8, 1935 to George Dewey and Vivian (Iverson) Emery in Wetonka, South Dakota.
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.
Dale was joined in marriage to Barbara Russek on May 11, 1963 and they spent 52 wonderful years together. In 1965, they purchased an 80 acre farm SW of Delano where they raised 4 sons.
In the early 1970’s, Dale and Barbara started Emery’s Tree Service, Inc serving the local area and much of the Minneapolis and Metro area. Today it is owned and operated by one of their sons. In 2003, they sold the farm to 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 was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jim and John, sister Betty and brother-in-law Gene Arial, also brother-in-law 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), Daryl (Kristi); 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings Chuck (Lil) Emery and Margaret Robbins; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all. We will all especially miss his funny one-liners.
Memorial services were Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, Minnesota. Gathering of family and friends was in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church from 4 to 7 p.m. prior to the services on Thursday.