STAUFFER, Dale V. (1932-2020)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/29/2021 at 13:36:52
Dale V. Stauffer
(December 29, 1932 – October 2, 2020)
IDA GROVE – Private family services for Dale V. Stauffer, 87, of Ida Grove was held Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove with Pastor Shari O’Bannon officiating. Burial was in the Cushing Cemetery at Cushing with military rites by McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of American Legion at Ida Grove. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Dale was born Dec. 29, 1932, on a farm between Battle Creek and Ida Grove, just south of the Maple River. He was the youngest child of Samuel and Nellie (Alexander) Stauffer. He attended Corbin No. 9 county school and then started high school in Battle Creek. In the spring of 1947, the Stauffers moved to Ida Grove and he transferred to Ida Grove High School, where he graduated in 1950. On June 18, 1951, Dale married Betty Wright. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. He served 16 months, stationed in Korea, and was discharged as a staff sergeant in November 1954. In 1955, Dale opened the new Phillips 66 station in Ida Grove and later sold the station to work for the Ida Grove creamery. On June 1, 1956, Dale and Betty happily welcomed their daughter, Teresa. Dale, along with Teresa, was baptized in the Presbyterian church in 1957. In the spring of 1957, he started farming on his parents’ farm west of Ida Grove and later purchased it in 1965. In 1985, he rented the farm and started team driving with Betty for Mau Trucking. The couple enjoying their coast to coast adventures. In 1988, he bought equipment to commence farming again. Dale was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ida Grove. He was a Farm Bureau member as well as a member of McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion at Ida Grove. He died Oct. 2, 2020, at his Ida Grove home, after a long battle with cancer.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Nellie Stauffer; a stillborn son (1960); four sisters: Leona (Maurice) Stewart, Vera Mae (Everett) Bugge, Edith (John) Rabe and Nellie Joyce (Verdene) Helkenn; a brother, Ernest (Ardis) Stauffer; and two sisters-in-law, Grace Armstrong and Alyce (Dale) Anderson. He leaves to mourn his wife of 69 years, Betty Stauffer of Ida Grove; a daughter, Teresa (John) Silvers of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three granddaughters: Whitney Westendorf of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Kayla and Kristen Westendorf, both of Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Gladys Crawford of Sloan; two brothers-in-law, Tom Leesly of Oto and Don Crawford of Canada; many nieces and nephews; extended family; and friends.
Sources: Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, Iowa, Mon., Oct 5, 2020 and Christensen-VanHouten Funeral Services, Ida Grove, Iowa at http://www.christensenvanhouten.com/
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