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Dale Walter Stunkel
Birth: Feb. 5, 1938
Death: Oct. 27, 2009

Dale Walter Stunkel was born on a farm east of Ansley (Custer County) Nebraska on February 5, 1938 to Walter Fredrick & Lucetta "Lucy" Ann Amelia (Bose) Stunkel. He grew up in Ansley and attended Ansley High School. After graduating he moved to Omaha (Douglas County) Nebraska where he lived for two years. Dale joined the United States Marine Corp on January 14, 1958, which took him to Japan and Okinawa. Dale was honorably discharged December 23, 1960.
Dale met Melba Darlene (Haddix) in 1957, through a mutual friend. Their first date was over whether the Ansley Christmas lights were still up. Darlene bet Dale that the lights had been taken down, so they drove to Ansley to check it out. Darlene won the bet and Dale took her to get a soda to make good on that bet. They were married May 21, 1961 in Ansley, Nebraska. Two children were born to this union. Dalene Linette in 1964 and Dwight Anthony in 1970.
Dale and Darlene moved to Lincoln (Lancaster County) Nebraska where they started their lives together in an apartment.
Dale worked construction putting in basements, sewer and water lines. He attended University Nebraska in Lincoln and became employed with the Lincoln Police Department from 1962 to 1980. He had part-time jobs here and there, including being a security guard for Havelock Bank and Holiday Inn Motel.
In 1962 they purchased their first home in the Havelock area of Lincoln, and lived there for 10 years. They then purchased an acreage and built a house 3 miles east of Lincoln. They moved in one week before Christmas in 1972.
In 1979, Dale and Darlene purchased an existing shoe repair business on 15th & South Street in Lincoln, and renamed it D's Shoe Hospital. Family owned for 10 years, until Dale had shoulder surgery. Between 1979 and 2008, Dale enjoyed purchasing businesses (referbishing them) and reselling them.
Dale and Darlene then moved to Kearney, to be closer to their elderly parents. At this time they purchased a saddle repair business and started shoe repair once again. They named this business Kearney Shoe Hospital & Saddle Repair. It was in operation until May 2010 when the business was purchased and renamed Circle D Boot and Saddle Repair.
Dale's hobbies included, collecting coins, Grand Children, hunting, and talking with customers.
Dale was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in late June 2009. He went through two Chemotherapy treatments at the Omaha Medical Center in late July for a month. He then returned home and went through another treatment in early October. Dale came down with pneumonia and was called to Heaven Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at 11:50 a.m., with his family by his side.
He is survived by his Wife Darlene (Haddix); Daughter and son-in law Dalene and Steve Palmesano; Son and Daughter-in-law Dwight and Laura Stunkel; Grand Children and Grand-Son-in-law Kristen (Palmesano)& Jeff Zimmerman, Lauren and Joshua Palmesano; Great Grand Daughter Hailey Zimmerman; Sister & Brother-in-law Inez (Stunkel) & Vernon Clipperton; Brother & Sister-in law Dennis & Judy (Mars) Stunkel; Brother-in-laws & Sister-in-law Leo Haddix, Randy & Linda (Klitzman) Haddix; Cousins Harold Bose, Alvin Bose, Nina (Bose) Jean Bose,Cousin-in-law Ione (Rohde) Turner, Many Cousins, Nieces and Nephews, and Friends.
Proceeded in death by his Parents Walter & Lucy (Bose) Stunkel, Sisters and Brother-in-laws Betty (Stunkel) & Robert Alexander, Nadine (Stunkel)& Edward Sherbeck; Brother and Sister-in-law Durward & Vera (Hyatt) Stunkel;
Family links: 
  Walter Fredrick John Stunkel (1896 - 1965)
  Lucetta Anna Amelia Bose Stunkel (1898 - 1993)
  Melba Darlene Haddix Stunkel (1941 - ____)*
  Durward John Stunkel (1923 - 2001)*
  Nadine Doris Stunkel Sherbeck (1925 - 2002)*
  Betty Joyce Stunkel Alexander (1927 - 1989)*
  Dale Walter Stunkel (1938 - 2009)
*Calculated relationship
Kearney Cemetery
Buffalo County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: 660Z-6 East
Created by: Dalene (Stunkel) Palmesa...
Record added: Nov 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44496275
Dale Walter Stunkel
Added by: Dalene (Stunkel) Palmesano
Dale Walter Stunkel
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Dale Walter Stunkel
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Veteran's Day 2014 Dad, Thank you for your service. You never saw battle in Okinawa. You will ALWAYS BE MY HERO! Always LOVED, MISSED/remembered daily, and you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Let Freedom Ring!
- Dalene (Stunkel) Palmesano
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
Five years ago today at 11:47 am, We placed your hand into God's hand to relieve your pain from the Acute Myloid Leukemia/Pneumonia. Even though it hurt us to let you go, we knew you were going to a better place. It seems like just yesterday, and our pain...(Read more)
- Dalene (Stunkel) Palmesano
 Added: Oct. 27, 2014
Happy Father's Day! Love you and miss you more everyday. Until we meet in Heaven.
- Dalene (Stunkel) Palmesano
 Added: Jun. 15, 2014
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