Dale Snesrud, 77

Dale Otto Snesrud, 77, of Northfield, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Reflections-Care Suites on the Three Links Campus in Northfield, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

He was born November 5, 1933, in New Prague, a son of Elliot and Gertrude (Meinke) Snesrud. He was raised on the family farm in Webster, attended St. John's Parochial School and graduated from Northfield High School in 1951. After his education he farmed with his father and joined the U.S. Army in 1954. Following his honorable discharge in 1956, he returned to Webster and married Nancy Marie Frank on September 7, 1957, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Donnelly. After marriage, they bought the family farm in Webster. In the late 1960s, Dale worked construction along with farming. In 1986, he retired from farming and began working for the National Farmers Organization as a Regional Director. In 1994, along with son Kyle, he purchased the Northfield Athletic Club, which they renamed Olympus Athletic Club. In 1998, Dale and Nancy sold the farm and moved into Northfield. Dale and Kyle sold the Athletic Club in 2003, but Dale remained active at the club until recently when his health failed. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, where he was very active with mission trips, volunteering his time doing flood relief not only in Minnesota but throughout the country. A former longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Webster, he served as Congregational Chairman and Elder. Dale was a charter and life member of the Rice County NFO, active with the Salvation Army, and a former president, coach, and active fund raiser with the Webster Baseball Association He was an avid golfer, racquetball player and polka dancer. He is survived by his wife 53 years; children Kyle (Joey), Farmington, Lance (Laurie), Northfield, Loren (Galina), Webster, Dawn (Bernie) Giesen, New Prague and Neal (Shannon), Farmington; 10 grandchildren Elliot, Abbey, Jordan, Scott, Vadym, Maya, Christina, Maddie, Molly and Noelle; a sister Marlys (Jim) Morin, St. Paul; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandson Braydon; and his parents.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 22, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Northfield, with Revs. Craig Ellingboe and Paul Graham officiating. Interment with military honors was at St. John's Cemetery at Webster. Casket bearers were his grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and continued Monday at the church one hour prior to the funeral.

Arrangements were with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield.

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