Dale Marvin Brower, World War II Navy flight instructor officially went “off duty” at 2:10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
Dale was born to Marie and Gerritt Brower on March 16, 1922, in Plesis, Iowa. He was a 95-year-old soul. Dale’s heart simply “wore out.”
Simply put it would be hard to find a more productive human being than Dale Brower. He was a master in the realms of aviation, automotive, agriculture and had a Ph.D. in “life." He rebuilt numerous airplanes, cars and machinery. He taught the Navy Fly Boys how to fly. He had a private and commercial pilots rating as well as an “A & P” license. Dale built a hanger and private airstrip on the 400 acre farm west of Royal. One of his major accomplishments was rebuilding a 1946 Fairchild 24 which won numerous awards at EAA aircraft shows in Ottumwa, Iowa, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Dale married Maxine Lynn Sutherland and they became quite successful grain farm operators from 1946-1985 when he and his wife, Maxine, retired and became Arizona “snowbirds” during the winters. It was during those retirement years he became quite the “pool shark” and served as the “pool coordinator” at Towerpoint Resort in Mesa, Arizona.
Dale had three offspring to carry on his legacy: Steven Dale Brower (Mary Buchanan), of California, Michael Lynn Brower, of Colorado, and Cheryl Brower Berkel (Gerald Berkel), of Arizona; grandchildren: Michelle Brower Mitchell (Doug Mitchell), of Iowa, and Greg Berkel (Nikki Berkel), of Arizona; and great-grandchildren: Casey Brower (Anna Brower), of Iowa, Haylie Gillis, of Iowa, and Ayden Berkel, of Arizona.
A memorial service will be held at a time yet to be determined.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.