Dassel Dale Arden Patterson, age 75, of Dassel, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center, of Dassel. A private interment service will be held at a later date. Johnson Family Funeral Home in Dassel assisted the family with the arrangements.
Dale Arden Patterson, the son of George W. and Agnes J. (Karels) Patterson, was born on June 2, 1939, at home in Grant Township, Kossuth County, Iowa. Dale was baptized in 1950 and in 1952 was confirmed at the Methodist church in Delavan. Dale grew up and graduated from the Delavan High School in 1957. Upon graduating from high school he was inducted in the United States Navy and served from 1957 to 1969.
Dale was united in marriage on Jan. 24, 1967, to Shizue I. Eketoni at the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Together they made their home in California, Maryland, and moved back to Delavan in 1969, where they lived until 1988, when they moved to Dassel. Dale was employed by Goebel Fixture company in Hutchinson in the Maintenance Department for 15 years.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #4580 in Wells and was also a member of the Amerian Legion Post #486 in Delavan. He enjoyed spending time doing yard work and landscaping around his home. He was an avid reader and had an extensive library of reading material. He loved to tinker with electronics and especially enjoyed old radios and shortwave radios.
He is survived by his wife, Shizue Patterson, of Dassel; granddaughter, Alycia Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Tessa, Zander, and Elsy Johnson; brother, Edward (Janet) Patterson, of?Delavan; nephew, Gregory Patterson, of Delavan; son-in-law, Dave Schuster, of Delavan; niece, Shammarie Cummines, of Bloomington; two great-nieces and one great-nephew. He is also survived by special friends, Hiroko and Mel Sailor, of Spring Lake Park, Rachel and Joseph Latt, of Dassel, Elaine and Dennis Ashburn, of Dassel, and Mike and Beverly Sylvester, of?Dassel.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Schuster, on Dec. 16, 1990; his father, George, on April 12, 1980; his mother, Agnes, on July 21, 2013; and a brother, Phillip Patterson, on Oct. 21, 2013.