Inurnment with full military rites will follow at 3 p.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery at Sioux Rapids. No visitation is scheduled.
Dale B. Larsen, 87, of Spencer, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Dale Burdette Larsen, the son of Earl and Edith (Carlburg) Larsen, was born above his father's hardware store at Sioux Rapids on Feb. 4, 1921. He was the eldest of Earl and Edith's three sons. Dale was baptized in the Congregational Church. He attended the Sioux Rapids Consolidated School, where he graduated from high school in 1938.
After completing studies at the Mankato Commercial College in 1939, he secured his first job with International Harvester in Mankato, Minn. He then worked with his father and uncle at Larsen Hardware in Sioux Rapids and opened a second Larsen Hardware Store in Linn Grove, Iowa, with his cousin, Frank Larsen.
Dale served his country in the United States Army from May 17, 1943, until Jan. 5, 1946. Upon his enlistment, he became a part of the US Signal Corp attending Radio Transmitter School and Cryptography School. Dale was sent overseas to New Guinea and then onto the Philippine Islands, where he served as the chief code clerk in General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters. He worked with classified codes for all branches of the military. Dale was very proud of his military service and was honorably discharged from the service after 42 months of duty, including 26 months overseas.
Prior to his overseas tour of duty, Dale was united in marriage to Dolores Dailey in Sacramento, Calif. in 1943. Following his honorable discharge, he and Dolores returned to Sioux Rapids, where he built the first of two homes, the other being at Lake Okoboji years later. He and his brother, Earl Gordon "Doc" Larsen operated a hamburger shop next to his father's hardware store.
In 1948, the first of Dale's four children (Judy, Barbara Jo, Nancy, and Joel) were born. Dale left the partnership with his brother in the restaurant business and joined Investors Diversified Services. He remained with that company for over 20 years, selling securities and investments, as well as training personnel. In later years, Dale lived in Mankato, Minn. and Cedar Rapids, Mount Vernon and Lisbon, , before returning to Spencer to be near his family.
Dale was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter, Barbara Jo; and one brother, Earl Gordon (Marie) Larsen.
Dale is survived by his former spouse, Dolores (Larsen) Modder of Mesa, Ariz.; his three children: Judy Jones and husband, Don of Roseville, Calif., Dr. Nancy Larsen and husband, Charisse of Tacoma, Wash., and Joel Larsen and wife, Tina of Ocheyedan; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and brother, Donald "Frankie" Larsen of Storm Lake.
The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dale's honor may be directed to: The National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Centennial, CO 80112.