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Bruce Dale

Bruce Craig Dale, age 66, of Willmar, died Sunday afternoon, July 8, at Rice Therapy Suites in Willmar.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. A private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

Bruce Dalewas born in Willmar, MN and at the age of three, he moved to a farm between Litchfield and Grove City called the Acton Creamery. His childhood was filled with typical experiences that included farm chores, country school, and sibling shenanigans. Moving from the farm into Litchfield in 1965, he made many new friends. After high school, he worked at various jobs for a while until he was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. His world changed. He had a creative mind and a passion for leather tooling and painting. He was loved and cared for by many, living the last of his years in Litchfield and Willmar. He is now with his lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

He leaves to cherish in his memory his mother, Marde (Marvin) Kinzler, Willmar, MN, sisters Nancy Anderberg, Mounds View, MN and Elaine Skibicki Hurley, NY, brother, Greg (Cathy) Dale, Granger, IN. And many nieces and nephews.

I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain.
You weren't afraid to face the devil,
You were no stranger to the rain.
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.
Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve.
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing.
Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.
By Vince Gill

Thank you to the doctors, the nurses, caregivers, and family members who helped Bruce escape the fright and fear into a world of peace.

Cemetery Details

Fairview Cemetery
Gorton Avenue NW
Willmar, MN, 56201


JUL 14. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Assembly of God Church

3821 Abbott Drive

Willmar, MN, US, 56201



JUL 14. 10:30 AM

Assembly of God Church

3821 Abbott Drive

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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My sympathy to Bruce's family. Myself and I know our Litchfield class of 1969, remembers Bruce, as a very good looking, nice guy. His life has been sad for him, and for all of you, his family.Caring thoughts are with each of you. MaryKay Berg Hannan

MaryKay Berg Hannan - July 11 at 11:29 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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July 11 at 11:31 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My sympathy to Bruce's family. My sister, Nicki Oberg, had a similarly difficult life as Bruce did, which started for her in high school. She had creative talents as well, and is also at peace with the Lord. May God's promises give you peace knowing Bruce is with his Lord, the Prince of Peace. I didn't have many classes with Bruce, but remember him as being very kind. May you feel God's loving arms around you. Sincerely, laurie (oberg) palermo. p.s. Nancy Anderberg must be the same Anderberg that I know from North Heights Church !!!

laurie palermo - July 11 at 05:54 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sending love and prayers to you and your family, Elaine. May you feel God's presence with you and His arms of love around you. Love Bruce's picture. He looks like a sweet guy.Love you,Robyn & Wayne

Robyn Zimmerman - July 11 at 08:59 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bruce and I shared a good bond at a young age. He was a sharp dresser, good dancer and I couldn't have asked for a better "first love". I'm also grateful because without his friendship I became fast friends with Elaine. Thinking of all of Bruce's family and loved ones. He made my life better. Heartfelt condolences.

Becky Haapala - July 11 at 10:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Bruce. I got to know him while working at the Red Castle and then at Jan's. We talked a lot of family. I am Marjorie Pamer's youngest sister. He talked a country school and his family. I loved watching and visiting with Bruce while working on his leather projects. He is at peace now and free of all the meds. Prayers to his family. Sara Palmer Swanson

Sara Swanson - July 16 at 09:03 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bruce my cousin, my friend. Every time I saw him he made me feel like he was thrilled to see me. Despite his struggles Bruce was always kind to me.

Denise Enger - July 21 at 03:21 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I know Bruce's sister Elaine and I know how much she loves her brother. I pray for your entire family for the peace you need to walk through this loss. SincerlyRosey Lawal

Rosey Lawal - July 28 at 02:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM