Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service today at the church.
Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery of Peterson.
L. Dale passed away on Friday, July 13, 2007, at Sutherland Care Center.
Leo, the son of Herbert "Hap" and Buelah (Martin) Mason Salmen, was born Feb. 12, 1929, on a farm near Calumet. He received his education at Calumet and Sutherland. He was united in marriage to Patricia Wetherell of Peterson, in April of 1950, at the First Congregational Church in Peterson. Dale was a school bus driver, drove truck and delivered gas. His wife, Patricia, preceded him in death August of 1963 of cancer.
On June 4, 1966, he was united in marriage to Shirley (Myers) Atkinson at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. They made their first home in Sutherland where he worked for the elevator. They then moved to Carroll, where he was a traveling salesman for Felco. They purchased the grocery store in Peterson. When they sold Mason's Market they moved to Ogallala, Neb. and purchased House of Bottles Liquor Store. When they sold this store, they moved to Blair, Neb. where they ran the Blair Marina. They moved back to Sutherland where they started a nightclub called the Old P.O. Then Dale became a State Inspector for four years and moved to Hartley. They then moved to Buffalo, S.D., where his mother and step-father lived and leased the city bar there and then he became foreman for Koch Oil Field there for 10 years. Upon Dale retiring they moved to Dam Road in Arnolds Park, where they built a new house. Then they moved to an acreage north of Spencer, then they moved to Spirit Lake where his wife, Shirley, worked at Berkley's. When she retired in 1999, they moved to Sutherland in 2001 to help run Dog Creek RV Park for five years and they were campground hosts in Yuma, Ariz. for five winters. In April 2006, they moved back to Sutherland when Dale's health started to fail.
Dale was a board member of Congregational Church, Clay County Fair stockholder, 49-year member of Masonic Lodge and member of Abu Bekr Shrine where he and Shirley worked for 10 years for the Shrine Stand at the Clay County Fair. He was also a member of the Antique Car Club.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Wetherell in 1963; his parents; his stepfather, W.M. Salmen; son-in-law, Al Dunlop; and brothers-in-law: Dwane Myers, Roy "Andy" Wetherell, and Ray "Slim" Wetherell.
Leo is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Mason of Sutherland; five children: Barbara Jo Bradshaw and husband, Jack of Mission, Texas, Bonnie Mueller and husband, Ron of Peterson, Becky Dunlop of Aurora, Colo., and Jolise (Joie) Mason of Boise, Idaho; step-son, Kevin (Atkinson) Mason of Aurora, Colo.; three grandsons; one granddaughter; six great-grandchildren; two sisters: Mary Brown and husband, Jim and Bette Mason; brothers-in-law: S.A. (Bud) Myers and wife, Mary and Rob Wetherell and wife, Marianne; and sisters-in-law: Toppy and Wilda Wetherell.
Warner Funeral Home of Peterson is in charge of arrangements.