WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Dale Burnham

    Memorial services for Dale Burnham were held May 31, 2014 at English Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove, MN. Burial was in North Hero Township Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  

    Dale, 91, Walnut Grove, MN died, December 23, 2013 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.  

    Dale was born May 8, 1922 in Rochester, MN to Cleo (Paa) and Dale Burnham.  Dale moved to Walnut Grove with his mother, brother Dean and sister Dolores. Cleo married Ernest Schultz. Dale attended country school #116 and Walnut Grove Public School.  On June 25, 1944, he was inducted into the Army.  Dale served with Company E 126th Infantry Regiment 32nd Division.  Dale was a decorated combat infantry rifle marksman who fought in the battle of Luzon.  He received several medals, being most proud of being awarded the Bronze Star Medal “for meritorious achievement against the armed enemy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operation.”  Following discharge from the Army May 11, 1946, Dale returned to Walnut Grove and began farming.  On September 14, 1946, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Good. Dale also worked for MaKarrall Agency, Redwood Falls.  He was a member of English Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove Development Corporation; Alfred Nelson American Legion Post 267; and  Walnut Grove Lions Club.  Fishing (winter or summer) and playing cards were his favorite pastimes.  In later years, Dale and Dorothy spent enjoyable winters in Arizona.  Following Dorothy’s death in 2007, Dale spent  in assisted living and nursing care facilities.

    Survivors include his daughters Stephanie,Walnut Grove and Shari, Tucson, AZ; brothers: Joe (Carol) Burnham, Rochester, Robert (Judy) Schultz, Walnut Grove, Richard Schultz,  Balaton; brother-in-law William Posthumas, Rochester; many nieces and nephews.  

    Preceding him in death were  his wife Dorothy; parents; brother Dean Burnham; sisters Dolores (Bert) Beens; Alice Posthumas; Arlene (Walter) Anderson; former brother-in-law Manfred Smaaladen.