In loving memory of

Dale R. Menke
February 27, 1946 - July 6, 2019

A funeral Mass for Dale Menke, 73, of Burt, was held at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft. Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Carter Stott VFW Post 5236 of Burt.

Dale Ronald Menke was born February 27, 1946, in Buffalo Center, son of Albin and Sylvia (Goche) Menke. He grew up on a farm northwest of Bancroft graduating from St. John's Catholic School in 1964. Dale served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam proudly serving in the Seabee Battalion. He then returned home where he farmed a short time with his father. He was married to Sue Tague on August 24, 1968, at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft. They moved to Illinois for three years returning to area making their home in Burt. He worked for Build-A-Rama and Johnny Groen Carpentry. In 1977, he opened Dale Menke Construction working until his retirement in 1992. He also enjoyed helping his son around his farmstead.

Dale enjoyed camping and playing cards especially cribbage, he loved pestering his three grandchildren and he loved spending his winters in Arizona. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters since 1946 service as Secretary since 1976 and he received the Foresters Legion of Honor in November of 1977. Dale served on the Burt Fire Department for 12 years (1980-1992), and he served on the Burt City Council for four years. He was a member of the Carter Stott VFW Post 5236 which he was the Commander for many years and he was also the 6th District Commander of the VFW for 6 years. He was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.

Dale R. Menke died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 at the age of 73.

He is survived by his wife Sue; his son Steven P. Menke; his daughter Amie Menke all of Burt; and three grandchildren, Joshua Howland, and Rorrie and Wren Menke. He is also survived by two brothers, Duane (Barbara) Menke of San Clarita, CA and Glen (Becky) Menke of Marion; his brother and sisters-in-law, Rebecca (Roger) Duffy of Centerville, OH, Jerry Hupp of Mankato, MN, and Rita Cue of Manson; and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Gordon & Cheryl Doose wrote on Jul 10, 2019:

"Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Dale. We loved visiting with him in Az and to see him walking . We will keep you in our prayers. Gordon & Cheryl Doose"

Rick and Marion Helf wrote on Jul 9, 2019:

"Sue, we were so saddened to hear about Dale. We enjoyed playing cribbage with him on AZ as well as visiting with him on his daily walks through the park. Sending you our love and deepest sympathy Rick and Marion"

Karen Schmidt wrote on Jul 9, 2019:

"Dale was my favorite "regular" at Cenex. He was always very kind. As well as seeing him while he played daily cribbage with the guys, I always looked forward to our little chats when he went for his nightly walks. May his soul fly free. "

Elizabeth Snyder wrote on Jul 9, 2019:

"Dear Sue & family, please know that I send you all heartfelt feelings at this time of your loss. I know you are a very close knit & loving family & will support & care for each other. The miles Dale put on walking throughout our park in Az...saying hello & stopping to chat a minute will be greatly missed. Hard to believe that I just chatted with him last Tuesday & heard his hearty laugh. Gods blessings to Dale, you & your children Sue....Liz Snyder"

Bill Magie wrote on Jul 9, 2019:

"I was shocked to hear of Dales death! Sue, cribbage in AZ will never be the same! I consider you both as good friends, if I can help in any way let me know. RIP Brother "

Mike and Sandra Lichter wrote on Jul 8, 2019:

"Sue, Steve, and Amie, I'm so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. We shared some fun times together for many years during harvest with Dad and Uncle Ray and Harlan. I've shared stories with my kids about what a hard worker Dale was when he worked in construction on our home and buildings. I am praying for all of you during this time. "

Diane Vaske Bollinger wrote on Jul 8, 2019:

"My sincere condolences to Dale's whole family. As a young girl, I remember visiting the Menke family on the farm and Dale always calling me "cousin" whenever we met. I'm sure he's calling out lots of 15-2's and more! May he rest in peace."

Kris Laubenthal wrote on Jul 8, 2019:

"Sue and family: I was shocked to hear of Dale's passing. Please know that I'm thinking of you and sending extra prayers. I'll really miss visiting with him about your winter excursions to Arizona and the happenings in the might little town of Burt. "

Kristie DePue wrote on Jul 8, 2019:

"My heart feels heavy for you and your family. You Are all in our thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed the stories you shared about Dale when we worked together for Head start. He always had a smile and a kind word to share with us as our paths continued to cross at concerts for our children and your grandchildren. God bless you and your family!"

Sally and Larry Barr wrote on Jul 8, 2019:

"Sue and family we are so very sad to hear of Dale's passing. You guys are in our prayers. Dale was such a good guy and I loved playing cards with him in Arizona. I will miss him at Cribbage especially. "

Claire & Joyce Reutzel wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Our deepest sympathy, Sue, Steve and Amie. Dale will be missed. May he rest in peace."

Mel and Per DeGeeter wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Sue and family: We were sorry to hear that Dale had passed away. Dale was my cousin and when we were young, I can remember visiting the Menke?s on the farm. Duane was Barbara?s age and I was a year older than Duane and Barbara. I do remember visiting with Dale a couple of times in the past 50 years when we would see each other in Burt. We will ask the Lord to bless you with peace in the days ahead and also pray that Dale is resting in peace with the Lord. Mel & Per DeGeeter"

Jason Faber wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Sue, Steve, and Amie. I am so sorry for your loss. It was a shock when I heard the news. I will always remember Dale in the stands at basketball and baseball game cheering Steve and the rest of the team on. I pray for your comfort and healing in this difficult time."

Deb Miller wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Sue and family, I am so sorry to hear about Dale's passing away. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength, comfort, and peace during this difficult time in your lives. Deb Miller "

Cindy Moore wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"I remember his smile and sense of humor Deepest sympathies to his family . Cindy Moore, g-granddaughter of Anne Wartner Horton"

Brooke Sudol wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Sue, I am so very sorry to hear of Dale?s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time "

Janice Schumacher wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Sue and family . so sorry to hear of Dales passing. may he rest in peace. Jim & Janice Schumacher"

Ryan Harms wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"Sue, Steve, and Amie, our deepest sympathies to you. Dale was a staple of Burt for years and will be greatly missed. Ryan and Brandi Harms"

Terry and Marie Cook wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss. He is probably playing cribbage in Heaven with someone up there. I know the guys at Classic Stop are going to miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. He is now in Gods hands. RIP Dale."

Diane Kleineweber wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"There are many memories of Dale, but they all come back to watching Steve and Tim playing ball of some kind. I also remember his hardy laugh and hello. My sympathies to you and family. "

Becky Anderson wrote on Jul 6, 2019:

"Sue, Amie, and family. So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Becky and Karen Andetson"