Dale E. Dettman

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Dale Edwin Dettman, 81, died at his home in St. Olaf on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. He was born Nov. 13, 1938, on the family farm near National, to Edwin “Eddie” and Lois Schmidt Dettman. Dale attended Pioneer Country School, then transferred to Monona High School, where he graduated with the Class of 1956. After high school, he joined the National Guard, where he served for a time. He was then transferred to the United States Army, serving his country for four years in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Riley, Kan.

He was united in marriage to Mary Vorwald on July 6, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo. Dale and Mary farmed together near St. Olaf. He loved grandchildren, farming for over 60 years, animals, especially his cats, daily routine visiting and keeping a notebook in his pocket.

Dale is survived by four children, Geraldine (Gary) Scherf of St. Olaf, Raymond (Rhonda) Curran of St. Olaf, Donald (Sandy) Curran of Hopkinton and Patrick Curran of Hesper; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, David (Kay) Dettman of Florida; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harlan (Karla) Dettman of McGregor, Lloyd (Pat) Vorwald of Holy Cross, JoAnn Vorwald of Monona, Phil (Sharon) Curran of Elkader and Eddie Curran of Dubuque.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Lois; wife, Mary; son, Richard Curran; father and mother-in-law, Jack and Agnes Vorwald; Janice and Leo Elsbury, Joyce Vorwald Dolan, Harold Vorwald, RuAnn Curran and Paul Curran.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 9 a.m., until service time at Norway Lutheran Church, rural St. Olaf. Funeral service will follow at 10 a.m., with Rev. Marshall Hahn officiating. Interment will be at the National Cemetery.

To protect others due to COVID-19, everyone is asked to continue physical distancing and wear a mask if planning to attend.

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