Dale G. Sylvester, 82, of rural Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on January 4, 2018, at Colonial Manor, Amana, Iowa. Dale was born October 27, 1935, in rural Guttenberg to Dale and Hazel Putzier Sylvester. He married Rose McDowell. They later divorced. Dale served in the United States Air Force as an MP from 1955-1958. He was employed full-time at Rockwell Collins for 38 ½ years. While working at Collins, Dale also had many part-time jobs including pumping gas at a Conoco Station in Marion, custodial work for Midwest Janitorial Services in Cedar Rapids, and owning his pride and joy, Sylvester Radio and TV Repair Shop in Marion, retiring in 1990.
Dale then returned home to Littleport, Iowa where he was employed at the Clayton County Assessor’s office for ten years. His greatest joys were his family, his farm, his cattle, and his beloved dog Abby.
Dale is survived by his children Jon “Jack” (Deb) of Elkader, Judy “Kay” of Cedar Rapids, Jeff “Flaffer” (Sheri Refle) of Elkport, Jo Ann “Jofatser” of Kaiser, Missouri, Jill “Jipper” (Dave) Wallace of Homestead, Iowa. Grandchildren Shane, Ryan and Tyler Sylvester; Sarah Rodgers, Grace Klimek, Chris Riley, Hunter Sylvester; Melanie Heitman, Kayley and Tim Wallace; 16 great grandchildren; siblings Larry (Connie) Sylvester of Elkader, Roger (Fofy) Sylvester of Ohio, Mary Yeager of Colorado, Owen (Susie) Sylvester of Elkport, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Dorothy McGinty, one great-grandson, and his beloved dog Abby.
The family wishes to thank the nurses, CNAs, and staff at Colonial Manor, Amana, for their exceptional care of their father. Also a special thank you to Molly and Scott and the staff of Essence of Life Hospice for their outstanding care, and Wayne Riley for his special friendship.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 pm, Friday, January 12, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church, 32513 Dinan Road, Elkader, Iowa, and one hour before services on Saturday at the church located in Littleport.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Elkader is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com.