Dale T. Dunn, 72 of Marshalltown, IA passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his residence under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 25, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Parrish – St. Henry Catholic Church of Marshalltown. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place at a later date at the Zearing Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the family or, the Iowa River Hospice. Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Dale was born January 11th, 1949 in Marshalltown, IA to Lawrence “Bud” and Evelyn (Gilmore) Dunn. He graduated with the West Marshall class of 1967. After high school, he attended Ellsworth community college and then the University of Northern Iowa where he received his teaching degree in 1971. Dale taught reading at the Nevada Community school district for 25 years. His love for education and reading next lead him to a career with Houghton Mifflin as a sales consultant from 1996 through 2010. Dale received many awards throughout his career. His most notable being, Teacher of the year and Sales Consultant of the year. Dale met many amazing students, colleagues and educators that became and remain his close personal friends. Dale possessed a quick wit and sense of humor. He never missed the opportunity to have a conversation with friend or stranger. Not only did he laugh at others, most importantly, he often laughed at his own expense. Dale saw the glass half full and never lost his optimistic outlook on life. Dale was the organizer of many events for his family, friends and community. He most enjoyed the company of others along with gardening and planting flowers. He felt that spending time with those he loved was the most important time one could spend.
Dale is survived by sister Pat Foster of Marshalltown, Brother Larry Dunn of Marshalltown, Nieces, Denise (Alan) Kleinendorst of Waterloo, Carrie (Eugene) Meyer of Clemons, Lisa (John) Witte of St. Anthony, Christy (Ben) Watson of State Center, and Dana Dunn of State Center. Nephews Rob Foster of Scottsdale, AZ and Rick (Jamie) Foster of Canton, OH. Great nieces and nephews, Beth (Aaron) Mauldin, John (Chessa) Foster, Angie (Dustin) Goldsberry, Cassie, Chelsea, and Cierra Foster, Aaron (Amber) Shipley, Jordan (Brandon) Mason, Carsen Dunn, Lexie Hundley and Evan Watson. He is also survived by ten great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna Jean, Brother Denny and Sister in law Jo, Brother in law Roger Foster, Nephew Steve Foster and Great nephew Eric Kleinendorst.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Iowa River Hospice for the wonderful care they took of Dale and his family.