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Dale L. VonThun - 85

10/10/1934 - 10/5/2020

Goose Lake, IA

Dale L. VonThun age 85 of Goose Lake, IA, passed away Monday Oct. 5, 2020 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport.  Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Monday Oct. 12th at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton, where the Clinton AMVETS will conduct military honors.  The family requests those attending to wear a face mask.  Burial will be at Rossiter Cemetery in Charlotte. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be left at


     Dale was born on Oct. 10, 1934 on the family farm near Goose Lake, IA, the son of August and Elsie (Jahn) VonThun Sr.  He served in the US Marine Corp. from 1952-1955 during the Korean Conflict.  He married Mariechen Hildebrandt on July 9, 1959 in Charlotte, IA. He farmed on the family farm most of his life. He enjoyed driving trucks.  Dale was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte.


     Dale is survived by his wife, Mariechen VonThun of Goose Lake; five brothers, August (Joyce) VonThun Jr. of Fulton, IL, Erich VonThun of Moline, IL, Roland VonThun of Camanche, Stanley (Nancy) VonThun of Camanche, and Phillip VonThun of Moline, IL; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother– Irving, and a sister-Judy.


Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Monday Oct. 12th at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will be at Rossiter Cemetery in Charlotte. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  • Terry Byrne

    2 weeks ago

    My condolences to the VonThun family.  Although I didn't know Dale, I've had the honor of friendship with his brother Phil for many years, so I know that Dale was a good man from a good family.  May he rest in peace.

    • philip vonthun

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you, Terry. Very thoughtful, good friend.

  • Royanne(VonThun)Corby

    1 week, 3 days ago

    When I had my son Uncle Dale and Auntie M. Came up to the hospital It was special because he didn't leave the farm much. And they always sent Spencer a birthday card.his birthday Oct 8 same as Grampa August Sr. My dad's Oct 9. And uncle Dales Oct 10.We went to the farm a few times so Spencer could see the place where his Grampa(Rollie) and his Graeat Uncles grew up and farmed we'll miss you Uncle Dale. And I don't think I ever told you so I will now Thankyou for your service. We love you. Hug my mom and the rest of our loved ones in Heaven
  • Linda and Richard White

    1 week, 3 days ago

    Dear Muriechen and the Family of Dale-----We are so sorry to hear about the passing away of Dale.

    We extend our deepest condolences to your entire family.  We wanted so much to be with you in 

    person---but unfortunately were not able to make it happen.  The VonThuns are such an important and

    special part of our Jahn family.  Lots of good memories.  Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Alan Jahn

    1 week, 3 days ago

    My beloved Von Thun cousins:

    Thank you for opening the memorial service for others.  The message from Psalm 127 was appropriate, meaningful and allowed me to reflect.  I don't remember Dale very much.  I remember his farm.  It was where I first encountered a chicken - just clucking and roaming where ever it pleased - I was fascinated.  The farm was where I first experienced a real farm meal - the table was SO FULL of great food and laughter.  The farm was where I met Mariechen (to this day I remember wanting to spend my day listening to her beautiful German accent!).  She taught me how to speak German:  Ick Liebie Due (?) - I love you.  The most powerful phrase of my developing vocabulary!  The farm was also where I remember playing with two other cousins - Rodney and Philip.  In my mind's eye I can still see that enormous rock we crawled all over!  To me that farm was the Ponderosa and Dale was the John Wayne of farming.  He was a giant to me, yet, I always felt safe around him.  I'm sure Dale had much to do with encouraging and developing his younger brothers in becoming the honorable men they've been to me.  Again, thanks for a meaningful time!  alan


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