AITKIN — Dale William Modine, age 87, of Aitkin, died on Feb. 19, 2012, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born on May 18, 1924, in Burlington, Colo., to Julius and Mildred (Weigand) Modine. He married Iva Vellek on Jan. 24, 1947, in Colome, S.D. Dale was a WWII Marine Corps veteran. He was an employee with the Burnsville Parks and Recreation for 20 years. He was also employed by the Public Utilities in Austin for 20 years. After retiring in 1991, Dale and Iva moved to Deerwood. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Iron Hub, a life member of the Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Post No. 557, Deerwood, and was a past commander; Aitkin VFW, Marine Corps League Heartland Detachment and past commander; member of the SAL, Deerwood and retired member of the 49ers.
Survivors include one son, William Modine, of Chokio; two daughters, Sandra (Jim) Mishler, of Eagan, and Janet Sanderson, of Monticello; three brothers, Robert “Pete” (Phyllis) Modine, of Eureka, Calif., LeRoy (Ina) Modine, of Eureka, Calif., and Vern (Theresa) Modine, of Lusk, Wyo.; two sisters, Donna Mae (Ken) Drey, of Gregory, S.D., and Shirley (Tom) Harder, of New Castle, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Modine, of Huron, S.D.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his wife, Iva; and one brother, Harold Modine. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Iron Hub. Burial will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military rites by the Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Post, Deerwood. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.