Dale Kemling - April 17, 2010
Dale Kemling was born on Oct. 14, 1922 at Griswold, Iowa. He was the third of seven boys born to Wilbur and Laura Goltry Kemling. The family moved to a farm east of Grant, Neb. when Dale was an infant where he grew up and spent the majority of his life. Dale graduated from Perkins County High School in 1941.
Dale joined the United States Army in May of 1945 and served as a paratrooper in occupied Germany after the end of World War II. He was discharged in December of 1946 and returned to Grant.
Dale was married to Betty Keyes in York, Neb. on June 6, 1948. Three children were born to this union which later ended in divorce.
They maintained the farm where Dale enjoyed the livestock aspect of agriculture. The Kemlings operated a dairy until 1987 when they sold the dairy as part of a buyout program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After the cows were gone, Dale brought in goats to keep him busy.
Dale suffered a stroke in 2003, but was able to maintain at home with the help of family.
He moved to Park Ridge Assisted Living in Grant in 2007 and enjoyed his stay there until he fell last month and was moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant. He died at Golden Ours late Saturday night, April 17, 2010. He had reached the age of 87.
Dale had been a past member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by three brothers: Max, Orville and Bob.
He is survived by two sons, Jim and wife Star of Grant and Bill and wife Gin of Sierra Vista, Ariz; one daughter, Genise and husband John Anderson of Milwaukee, Wis.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Paul and wife Jackie of Grand Island, Neb., Dwight and wife Ruth of Lincoln and Glendon and wife Glenice of Long Island, N.Y.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the New Life Fellowship Church in Grant with Pastor Vince Carrig and John Anderson officiating.
Burial will be in the Grant Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Perkins County Veterans.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.