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Dale Zubke

Dale Zubke, 77 of Waubay died on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown. His funeral will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waubay, Rev. Jeffrey Kalb will officiate. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Waubay. Visitation will on Friday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services on Saturday. Dale Emil Zubke was born on Thursday, September 20, 1934 to Erich and Ida (Neckles) Zubke at Killdeer, North Dakota. He started country school near their farm and when he was seven years old the family moved to a farm in Waubay Township, Day County, South Dakota north of Waubay. He continued country school through the eighth grade. After he received his education he moved to Sioux Falls where he was employed at Terrace Park Dairy, later he moved to Fargo and then to Rapid City. On September 19, 1953 he was united in marriage to Arlene Mikkelson at Rapid City. After their marriage they continued to live in Rapid City. In 1954 the couple moved back to a farm north of Waubay and began farming. They purchased a farm in Central Point Township south of Waubay in 1960 and continued to farm. Arlene passed away in January 2005. After her death he continued to live and farm until the present time. He was an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waubay where he was an elder and served on the board of trustees. Dale and Arlene enjoyed square dancing when she was able. He attended many old time music jamborees in the area. Dale loved farming and enjoyed all that went with the lifestyle. Dale passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2012 at Watertown, South Dakota at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 19 days. Survivors include three sons, Dennis Zubke of Waubay, SD, Lynn (Deb) Zubke of Roslyn, SD and Mark (Julie Bjerke) Zubke of Waubay, SD; five daughters, Donna (Larry) Green of Amana, IA, Lois (Bob) Ragatz of Frankfort, SD, Lorri (Dean) Elverud of Aberdeen, SD, Marilyn (Ernie) Gronke of Waubay, SD and Lorna (Jason) Whitted of Watertown, SD; one brother, Harvey (Violet) Zubke of Florence, SD; one sister, Shirley Bisgard of Waubay, SD, sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Ryan, one daughter, Myra, four brothers and one sister.

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I have been thinking of your family since I heard the news of Dale's passing. He was always so quick with a smile and had such a big, hearty laugh. I remember him at the last Zubke family reunion down in SD and having such a great time; it was then that I realized some similarities of him with my grandpa Arnold. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Jennifer (Zubke) Dockter

Jennifer Dockter May 14 2012 12:00 AM

We were so shocked & so sad to hear about Dale passing away. He was a wonderful person. He always had a kind word to say or he said nothing. Reminds me of Grandma Ida. When I was a little girl and your parents came to visit my parents I was always trying to tickle Dale's feet while they played cards. Of course Dale would always grab for me which made it all the more fun for me. We are so happy you guys came up here 4-wheeling as a family so we could get to visit with Dale and all of you, was so nice. I thought that was why Lori was calling the other night till Denton called & told us the sad sad news. May God comfort you during your loss and the wonderful memories help get you through the days when your really sad.

Leroy & Del La Mar Schwartzenberger May 12 2012 12:00 AM

We are sorry for your loss. You have many happy memories to hold on to. When we think of Dale, we remember the quick smile and the hearty laugh. He was a hard working man and has left a great legacy for his family. May God comfort you through this time. Don and Sharon Zubke Dickinson, ND

Don and Sharon Zubke May 12 2012 12:00 AM

Dale was a wonderful wonderful man. Always made us feel like we were at home when we have been up there visiting. We will always remember his quick wit he enjoyed a good joke and the smile that would pop up. The love and support of family will help you get through always cherish the memories. Thinking of you, Bill and Amy Butterbaugh

Bill & Amy Butterbaugh May 10 2012 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I always remember Dale having a smile and in a good mood.

Linda (Tesch ) Lee May 10 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Dale. Always had a nice conversation with him every time he came into Cornwells. Our sympathy to you all.

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