Dale Sullivan(November 26, 1931 - June 4, 2014)
Dale Sullivan, 82, of Avon
Graveside services will be 1:30 PM, Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Trinity Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Avon, with Military Honors. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Avon is in charge of arrangements.
Dale Ernest Sullivan was born November 26, 1931in Rouse Township, Charles Mix County, SD, the son of Raymond and Mary (Whiteley) Sullivan. He died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Wagner.
Dale attended the Daisy Country School and graduated from Avon High School in 1949. He missed a whole year of school in 1940 when he broke both legs in a farm accident.
Dale enlisted in the US Navy and served overseas during the Korean War from May of 1950 to March of 1954. He served as a journalist while in Japan.
Dale was united in marriage to Violet Winckler on August 2, 1954. They had six children: Jim, Jerry, Diane, Randy, Debbie and Shelly.
Dale worked at the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton from 1954 to 1955. He then enrolled in Southern State College in Springfield and graduated with a teaching degree in 1959. While in college he worked at the State Hospital in Yankton and also worked at Monty Wagner’s Corner located at the 5 mile corner east of Avon. Dale worked on the dam in Pierre from 1959 to 1960 and then as an accountant for an officers club until 1963. He started his teaching career in 1963 in Belvedere. He then taught in Menno and Delmont, where he taught High School English and served as Principal. Dale started a career in trucking in 1969 and did this until 1981. He trucked all over and helped with the building of the Alaskan Pipeline from 1974 to 1976. Dale drove on every interstate in the US and made it to all 50 states. He also had seen over 30 foreign countries in his life. In 1981, he moved back to Avon and worked for Duane Rucktaeshel in construction. He also did odd jobs for Morris Oorlog Construction and worked for Randy Myers for several years. He also worked at the Corner Bar. Dale retired in 1992.
Dale will be remembered for his love for his dogs, Flash and Rascal, wood working, his great memory, vast knowledge of history, grape cigars, his enjoyment of his time and duties while serving in the Navy and knowing lots of people.
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Violet of Sioux Falls, children: Jim (Cindy) Sullivan, Huntington Beach, CA; Diane (Larry) Dwyer of South Sioux City, NE; Randy (Cindy) Sullivan of Rapid City; Debbie Sullivan of Sioux Falls; and Shelly Sullivan of Kansas City, MO; nine grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Dale was preceded in death by his son Jerry in infancy, parents and brothers Robert and Don.