Dale LeRoy Chally, 84, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 12, 2018, surrounded by his huge, loving family.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave. NE in Marion, where a funeral service will commence at noon. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello. The Rev. Jody Skogen will officiate and the Monticello Drill Team and the Iowa Army Honors Detail will accord military honors.
Dale served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean conflict. He started raising his family in Plano, Ill., and ended up in Monticello, Iowa. Dale was a jack-of-all-trades. He owned and operated many businesses during his life, including a car sales lot, an excavating business, an auto repair shop and the Millhurst Resort campground in Illinois. He ended his career as a farmer. His children and grandchildren learned many useful talents from Dad and Grandpa.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife and soulmate of 63 years, Joan Chally; his children, Rod Chally (Jan Jemison) and Robin (Earl) Basham of Cedar Rapids, Tamie (Wendell) Singsaas of Fontana, Calif., Todd (Teresa) Chally of Anamosa, Lori (Bill) Johnston and Karen Chally of Cedar Rapids and Scott (Patricia) Chally of Monticello; his grandchildren, Jerod (Lindsey) Chally, Jesse (Michelle) Coohey, Justin Coohey (April Valentine), Zantz McConnell (Julitta Weber), Kimberly Brewer, Jason (Christine) Brewer, Cole Singsaas, Heather (Joshua) Sproston, Jennifer Chally (Tony Puetz), Erika Chally, Joanie (Cliff) Hedlund, Cody Johnston (Haley Gillen), Tyler Johnston (Sara Hedlund), Logan Johnston, Alex, Nicholas, Christian, Janik, Vanessa and Dominik Chally and Stevie Neilson; 21 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Darlene Brugh and June Thompson; his brother, Leonard Jr. (Leora) Chally; a brother-in-law, Louis (Terri) Stemmet; and his puppy dog, Molly.
He was welcomed to heaven by his parents, Leonard and Bertha (Lundy) Chally; and sisters, Vivian Walker and Barbara Johnson.
His family would like to deeply thank the staff of St. Luke's Hospital, Unity Point Hospice and Pastors Jody and Gordon for all of their around-the-clock support.
Memorials can be made in Dale's honor to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave. NE, Marion, IA 52302.
Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.