Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda is in charge of the arrangements.
Dale Bernard Reis was born Jan. 17, 1933, on the family farm in rural Varina, Iowa to Bernard and Erna (Engle) Reis. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Varina where he served as an altar boy.
Growing up, he worked on the family farm and played baseball for Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, graduating with the class of 1950.
On Feb. 24, 1962, Dale was united in marriage to Beverly Main at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Together, they were blessed with four children: Donna, Gail, Frank, and Jessica.
He began his 60-year farming career raising pigs, cattle, sheep and chickens. Dale also started a custom shelling business which he continued for 55 years in the surrounding counties. Dale served his community as a 4-H leader for the Cedar Leaders, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and caretaker of the Mount Zion Cemetery for 43 years.
Dale's hobbies included welding, fishing, boating, picnics, and feeding the ducks at the park. He enjoyed fixing up bicycles for bike rides with his grandchildren around Twin Lakes. He cherished the time he was able to spend with his grandkids and always looked forward to their summer visits each year.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 50 years, Beverly Reis of Wichita Falls, Texas; his children: Donna (Gregory) Ross of Wichita Falls, Texas; Gail (Calvin) Glenn of Ropesville, Texas; Frank (Claudia) Reis of Clarksville, Tenn.; Jessica (Rajiv) Rajian of Colleyville, Texas; 11 grandchildren: Scott, Lisa, Katie, and Rachel Ross; Sean and Nikki Glenn; Tosca and Erik Reis; Olivia and Ravi Rajian; special caregivers, Freida and Steve Karikari, and their son, Kwarteng.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Erna Reis; brother, Bob Reis and a sister, Marge Cramer.