In Memory of

Dale Robert James

July 21, 1934 - March 15, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Dale  Robert James

Dale Robert James

Born: July 21, 1934
Died: March 15, 2020
Age: 85

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Dale Robert James son of Carl and Adra (Litton) James was born on July 21st, 1934 in Fort Dodge Iowa. Dale attended grade school in Ruthven before moving to Lineville Ia. When Dale was able to drive, he returned to Ruthven to find his grade school sweetheart (Clara Hancock). Dale and Clara were united in marriage October 23rd, 1954 in Jackson Mn., from this union 2 daughters were born, Cindy and Daleen.

     Dale spent his early years working various jobs including brakeman for the Illinois Central Railroad. Soon after marriage Dale began work at Spencer Municipal Utilities and continued for 36 years until retirement. Dale and Clara also owned and continue to operate Grandview Park at Lost Island Lake a family owned resort since 1910. With early retirement and an Iowa summer business this allowed them to spend the winters in south Texas and for the last 15 years in the Branson Mo. area. While in south Texas they spent several years helping with the South Texas Music Festival which gave them the opportunity to meet several country music artists.  Dale also enjoyed the numerous “Jams” they attended or hosted at their place for over 25 years, both in south Texas and in the Branson area.

      Dale enjoyed fishing, traveling and most recently he enjoyed teasing the nurses at the numerous hospital stays and at Accura Healthcare of Milford.  He also enjoyed doing puzzles and left the biggest puzzle for his family, his large key chain that he always carried.   But most of all Dale loved spending


time with his family, the many cook-outs, birthday parties, taking the grandchildren for rides on the golf cart and watching and giving advice to his great granddaughter Madisen on raising chickens.

      On March 15th, 2020 Dale peacefully passed away at Accura Healthcare of Milford at the age of 85.

     Dale is preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, a brother Marion James, half-brothers Edward(Nina) Clabaugh  and  Matt (Marion) Clabaugh.

     Left to cherish in his memory is his wife of 65 ½ years, Clara of Spencer, daughter Cindy Loder (friend Mike) of Ruthven, Daleen (Dean) Seibold of Spirit Lake.  10 grandchildren Brandi Loder (friend, Brian) of Carroll, Jason Loder of Minneapolis, Ronnie Loder of Ruthven, Tanna Loder of Las Vegas and Toad (Amy) Loder of Ruthven. Larry (Stephanie) Fay of Ruthven, Joshua (Sarah) Fay of St Joseph, Jamie (Jacob) Quinn of Ruthven, Trevor (Natalie) Seibold of Ames and Whitney (Paul) Hornby of Spencer. 19 great grandchildren, Chantal Moore, Darius English, Araiyah English, Destiny Riesselman, Kendall Johnson, Maci Loder, Blakeley Loder, Madisen Fay, Taylor Fay, Jaymes Fay, Charlee Fay, Shelby Butrum, Madison Petersen, Rutledge Quinn, Tanner Quinn, Maverick Quinn, Elliot Seibold, Hudson Seibold and Sutton Hornby. One great-great grandson Easton Moore.   A sister Mary Ragan of Maxwell IA, sister-in-law, Dorthea (James) Olson and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Due to the Corona Virus, Private Family Visitation and Graveside Services will take place.  A Celebration Of Life Service
      will be held at a later date.
Rev. Tom Summerfield
Larry Fay
Josh Fay
Jacob Quinn
Dean Seibold
Kevin Ragan
Lynn Soleta

Jason Loder
Ronnie Loder
Toad Loder
Brandi Loder
Jamie Quinn
Trevor Seibold
Whitney Hornby
Private Family visitation.
Okoboji Cemetery
Arnolds Park, Iowa


Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“I am SO sorry I didn't look for you guys a little sooner. My name is Niccole and I used to come to Lost Island with my Grandma and Grandpa, R.S. and Ada Ruth Jones. Dale called me 'Crash' after I accidentally dropped a stack of plates after Grandma washed them when we were settling in for a stay in the 'New Cabin'. I remember running around while Grandma was in giving Clara a perm, if I remember right, someone had a bear in a cage back in the day! Ha! I used to watch in awe as Cindy would clean one fish after another like lightening in the bait shop, and enjoyed just hanging out on the dock or at the spillway with Grandpa fishing. Several years ago I stopped by, but Dale and Clara had run into get some KFC. I"m sorry I missed them. I am so sorry for your loss and I'm sure Grandpa and Dale are casting a line together right about now. Please tell Clara I said 'hello' and I"m thinking of her. I don't know that she will remember me, but I have fond memories of her. My Mom and Dad are Don and Karen (brother Danny) and my Aunt and Uncle are Keith and Cathy (son David). We all came to the Lake together. :) Sending Love and Prayers!!”
- Niccole Ervin Begalle
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:19 AM
“I so sorry for your loss, he was a nice man always friendly he surely gonna be missed ”
- Teresa Handy
Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:16 AM
“Clara and family. You All have my Deepest Sympathy for your loss of Dale. We enjoyed our visits with you both when we traveled through Branson a number of years ago. ”
- Rita Storm
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:29 PM
“God Bless You Dale, Clara , Dale will now be looking over us. ”
- Leo Wigen
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:24 AM
“Clara and all are in my thoughts and prayers!!! I have many great memories of the times I spent with you and Dale at the resort. May God be with you all during this hard time. ”
- Joette Buss
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 11:22 AM
“Clara, so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed seeing the two of you coming into the our business and the visit with you. Take care.”
- Pete & Rosemary Norgaard
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 11:22 AM
“So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- US Bank
Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:27 PM
- wendylickteig
Monday, March 16, 2020 at 3:03 PM
“So very sorry to hear your loss. May he rest in Eternal peace.”
- James Thorpe
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:25 PM
“He was a amazing man!! And will be forever remembered and will be greatly missed !!! ”
- Alfonso and Jessie Vaquero
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