Dale Earl Gerlach, age 79, of rural Toledo, died Friday, April 6, 2007 at his home following a lengthy illness. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 10:30 AM at the Christ United Methodist Church Worship Center in Toledo with Pastor Mary Schnepf officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 8 from 5 to 8 PM at the Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Dale was born on January 18, 1928 in Carpenter, Iowa, the son of Earl and Leda (Schrieber) Gerlach.
He was united in marriage to Arlene Hopper on October 25, 1948 in Missouri. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo. Dale was a life long dairy farmer. He first started with registered Holsteins as 4-H projects when he was a boy growing near St. Ansgar. Dale had been an active dairy farmer in Tama County since 1955. Dale was a member of the National and Iowa Holstein Association since 1949. He was very active in DHIA serving on the Iowa and National DHIA boards, including holding the offices of secretary and president. He also served on the board of Mid American Dairymen, was named an Iowa Distinguished Dairymen in 1969, a member of Dairy Shrine, and served on the board for Midwest Breeders. He served for twenty years on the Iowa Purebred Dairy Cattle Council (PDCC). Dale was the recipient of many awards in the Dairy industry including the Ralph Keeling Award in 1995, Honorary Member of Dairy Science Club, Holstein Hall of Fame, and State Master Breeder in 2003.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years Arlene; two daughters Barbara (John) Gudenkauf of Cedar Rapids, and Vicki (Chuck) Sawyer of LeGrand; one son, Steve (Becky) Gerlach of Toledo; eight grandchildren, Brad, Janna (Ender), and Jeff Gudenkauf, Brett, Brian, and Nick Sawyer, and Jesse and Katie Gerlach; six great-grandchildren; one brother Roger Gerlach of St. Ansgar; and one sister Helen Bortz of Nora Springs.
A memorial fund has been established.
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