Dale Ralph Rossow, 91, Dexter

Published 10:53 am Monday, June 11, 2012

Dale Ralph Rossow, 91, of Dexter, Minn., died Friday, June 8, 2012, at home.

Dale R. Rossow

Dale was born June 22, 1920, in Lohrville, Iowa to Harry and Henrietta (Zaiger) Rossow. He lived in Iowa until 1933, when he moved to Dexter with his parents. They continued to farm, and brought their Black Angus Herd with them to Minnesota.

Dale graduated eighth grade in 1933. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1941 where he served as a blacksmith in Samoa, Guadalcanal, Battle of Saipan (second wave), and also in the Korean War.

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Dale married Thelma Marie Miller on Feb. 17, 1956. They made their home in Dexter. They attended Zion Lutheran Church in rural Dexter. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Masons. Dale enjoyed making rope, shopwork, going on car rides (he was always on the go), reading (geology was one of his favorite subjects) and sawmill work.

Survivors include his son, Mike (Vicki) Rossow, Dexter; three granddaughters, Marcie Rossow, Dexter, Lynda Rossow, Dexter, Abby Rossow, Dexter; two great-grandsons, Cole Kildahl and Jud Rossow-Atzl.

He is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; and wife, Thelma Marie Rossow.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter with Pastor Lyle Aadahl officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday. Military rites will be by American Legion Post No. 140. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home.