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.
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