In Memory of Dale V. Stauffer

Dale V. Stauffer
Dale V. Stauffer
Born: December 29, 1932
Died: October 2, 2020
Age: 87
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Dale V. Stauffer
December 29, 1932 - October 2, 2020
From: Ida Grove , IA

Dale V. Stauffer, age 87, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020, at his residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Shari O’Bannon will officiate. Committal will follow in the Cushing Cemetery of Cushing, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

   Dale V. Stauffer age 87, passed away in his home Friday October 2, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.

  Dale was born December 29th, 1932, on a farm between Battle Creek and Ida Grove, Iowa, just south of the Maple River. He was the youngest child of Samuel and Nellie (Alexander) Stauffer. Dale attended Corbin No. 9 county school and then started high school in Battle Creek. In the spring of 1947, the Stauffer’s moved to Ida Grove and Dale transferred to Ida Grove High School where he graduated in 1950.

    On June 18, 1951, Dale married Betty Wright. Shortly after, Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. He served 16 months stationed in Korea and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant in November of 1954. In 1955, Dale opened the new Phillips 66 station in Ida Grove and later sold the station to work for the Ida Grove creamery. June 1, 1956, Dale and Betty happily welcomed their daughter Teresa. Dale along with his daughter Teresa were both baptized in the Presbyterian church in 1957.

   In the spring of 1957, Dale started farming on his parent’s farm west of Ida Grove and later purchased the farm in 1965. In 1985, Dale rented the farm and started team driving with Betty for Mau Trucking. The couple enjoying their coast to coast adventures. In 1988, Dale bought equipment to commence farming again.

   Dale was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Ida Grove. A Farm Bureau member as well as a member of the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove. In 2000, Dale and Betty bought an RV park model home in a senior living park in Phoenix, Arizona. They spent their winters there enjoying time with their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters. They also made many new friends and enjoyed dancing along with activities at the resort.

   Dale leaves to mourn his wife of 69 years, Betty Stauffer of Ida Grove, IA; daughter, Teresa (John) Silvers of Phoenix, AZ; three granddaughters, Whitney Westendorf of Albuquerque, NM; and Kayla and Kristen Westendorf of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law, Gladys Crawford of Sloan, IA; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Nellie Stauffer; a stillborn son (1960); four sisters, Leona (Maurice) Stewart, Vera Mae (Everett) Bugge, Edith (John) Rabe, and Nellie Joyce (Verdene) Helkenn; brother Ernest (Ardis) Stauffer; sisters-in-law, Grace Armstrong and Alyce (Dale) Anderson; and  brothers-in-law, Tom Leesly of Oto, IA and Don Crawford of Canada.


Private Family 
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Shari O'Bannon


Dan Krovarna
Arlyn Stewart
Todd Conover
Troy Hare
Tom Stewart
Scott Van Dusen

Honorary Pallbearers
Merritt Stewart
Vance Schubert
Jerry Frahm
Roger Davis
Paul Bosch
Ellis Linn


"Beyond The Sunset"
"The Lord's Prayer"


Cushing Cemetery
Cushing, Iowa


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. Dale was a great neighbor. I have great memories of him. Praying for your comfort.”
- Clint & Holly Miller
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:44 AM
“So sorry for your loss. We will miss Dale driving by the farm. We have many good memories of fun in the neighborhood.”
- Clay and Kim Miller
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“So sorry for your loss - we are with you in spirit - sending prayers!”
- Jennifer Kruska
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM
“Betty and Family, I was so sorry to see that Dale passed away. You have my sincere sympathy. In your time of sorrow may you find peace in His presence as He gives you strength for today and hope for tomorrow. We cry with hope we say goodby with hope, we know our goodby is not the end. There is a place where we will see their face again. We have this hope as an anchor. Cause we believe that everything God promised is true. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 Blessings and peace to all of you at this sad time in your lives. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Margaret”
- Margaret Nissen
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Dale's passing! I will say a prayer for all of you! Hugs to my dear family members! Dale was always in attendance at every family reunion and always very friendly and outgoing. He will be missed greatly! ”
- nancy haling
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM
“We are sorry to hear of the death of Dale. Our prayers are with your family.”
- Ronald & Gaylene Ely
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM
“Dale was a good friend and boss ”
- Delmar Johnson
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