In Memory of

Dale F. Stumpf

July 14, 1925 - June 13, 2022
From: Rockwell City, IA

Dale F. Stumpf, age 96 years, of Rockwell City, IA, passed away Monday, June 13, 2022, at Journey Senior Home in Carroll, Iowa.  

   Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2022, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City with Fr. Lynn Bruch officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial of casket will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites by AmVets Post #41 of Rockwell City.  Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at St. Francis Catholic Church with a Parish Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Vigil at 7:00 p.m.  There will be an additional visitation 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Church until service time.  The Funeral Service will be livestreamed on the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorials may be left to St. Francis Catholic Church, 744 Main Street, Rockwell City, IA  50579.

     Dale was a life-long resident of Rockwell City having been born on the family farm west of Rockwell City. He was born July 14, 1925, to Fred and Josephine (Schwiderski) Stumpf. He graduated from Rockwell City High School with the Class of 1942. He farmed with his dad and attended Iowa State during the winter quarter and later was inducted into the United States Army at Ft. Snelling, MN.  Later, he served as a Technical Sergeant, secretary to a General, in Georgia from 1946 – 1947. He loved his Harley 61 motorcycle and drove it to Georgia while serving in the Army during WWII.  He married Joan (Carlson) Stumpf on January 23, 1954. Dale spent his life on the farm with Joan raising 8 children. As the family grew, he enjoyed sharing his love of the farm life with each generation. Dale and Joan moved to town in November 1993.

     Dale loved spending time on his family farm raising hogs, corn, soybeans and sometimes a few cattle. His membership in NFO and diligent care for the land showed his love of the land and wanting to pass it to future generations in better shape than when he got it. He was a very hard-working farmer and was a great role model for his children. Dale was a very active bowler, participating on several teams over the years, instilling a love of bowling in the family.

     Dale was also active at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and in the community. He was a long-time member of the Amvets, Rockwell City Lions Club, St. Francis Holy Name Society, and Knights of Columbus. Dale also donated blood on a regular basis well into his 70’s. His Catholic faith was very important to him. This legacy of living your faith, having a strong work ethic, serving your community, and the importance of selflessly donating blood continues with his children and grandchildren.

     Dale is survived by children: Paul (Rita) Stumpf, Rockwell City, IA; Nancy (Russell) Fulton, Omaha, NE; Jane (Wayne) Gundvaldson, Gretna, NE; Alan (Judy Brady) Stumpf, Walden, NY; Pamela (Tom) Pezanosky, Spring Hill, TN; Patrice (Paul) Toledo, Des Moines, IA; Karin (Shawn, deceased) Kelley, Lincoln, NE; and son-in-law (Mark) (Sara, deceased) Shoemaker, Council Bluffs, IA.  Dale is also survived by 21 grandchildren:  (Paul’s): Nicolle (Joe) Zawacki, Stephanie (Beau) Klaffke, Allison (Colter) Kinney, Mariah (Andrew) Martin; (Nancy’s): Amanda Fulton, Mindy (Jon) Stohler; (Jane’s): Kellie (Colin) Hayworth, Brenda (Ryan) Larsen, Amy (Jake) Smith; (Alan’s): Ashley Stumpf, Katie (Devon) Schreiner, John Stumpf; (Pam’s): Thomas Pezanosky, Meredith Pezanosky; (Pat’s) Dillon Whalen, Carter Whalen; (Karin’s): Hunter Kelley, Logan Kelley, Jackson Kelley; and (Sara’s): Eric Shoemaker, Matthew Shoemaker. 

    Dale also was blessed with 23 great-grandchildren: (Nicolle’s): JP and Bridgette; (Stephanie’s): Piper, Kendall, and Scarlett; (Allison’s): Hayden, Harris, and Holden; (Mariah’s): Josephine; (Mindy’s): Alexander and Ian; (Amanda’s): Everett and Evelyn; (Kellie’s): Owen and Brody; (Brenda’s): Ainsley and Jace; and (Katie’s): Amelia and Leo.  (Matt’s): Kylie Brady and Taso Karabelas; (Jim’s): Jack and Connor Brady.  Dale is survived by one sister, Doris Dickerson, and one sister-in-law, Alberta Carlson. 

     Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; infant son, Steven John; daughter Sara Shoemaker; and son-in-law Shawn Kelley; his parents, Frederick and Josephine Stumpf; brother Bernard (Irene); sisters, Florence (John) Newberry, Rosella (Marvin) Loxterkamp, Faye (Norman) Mundie, Aletha (Dean) Hayward; In-laws, Bob Bodwell, Norman Dickerson, Kenneth Carlson, Ray (Claire) Carlson, Dean (Lillian) Carlson, Sylvia (John) Reddie.

     The family also thanks those who were caregivers in his home, the staff at Journey Senior Services in Carroll, Iowa and the staff of St Croix Hospice of Humboldt and of Denison. You are each an angel.


11:00 a.m. - Monday
June 20, 2022
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
Dale's Grandchildren
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Sunday
June 19, 2022
St. Francis Catholic Church
Additional Visitation 9:30 a.m.
Monday until service time
Organist - Fran Lawson
Cantor - Lisa Wozniak
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa
Military Rites by AmVets Post #41
of Rockwell City


Friday, June 24, 2022 at 3:47 PM
“Sorry to see your father has passed. A loss of a parent is always hard. My sympathy to all the family.”
- june I cisler

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 9:09 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss of this amazing man! My husband and got to spend some time with both Dale and Joan ( Rich’s birthday mate)! I have very fond memories of those times. He will be missed by all. He was a kind and gentle soul and I know he is with Joan and Rich watching over all of us! Prayers for your entire family!”
- Carol Gower

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 7:13 AM
“We are sorry to hear of Uncle Dale’s passing. He’ll be missed by all that knew him. I have many fond memories of Dale, Joan and my cousins. Wish I could have made it back for his funeral.”
- Tim and Karolyn Newberry

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4:30 PM
“I am a close friend of Mindy Fulton daughter of Nancy and Russ Fulton. I did not know her grandfather well but I know how important he was to her witch showed with their love of bowling! I too lost my last grandparent this year and I know how difficult that can be! Thoughts and prayers sent to the whole family. Love Gina, Jesse, and Scott family”
- Gina Scott

Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:12 AM
“We’re so sorry for your precious loss. Out heartfelt condolences go out to the whole Stumpf family. ”
- Joyce and Joe

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 11:30 AM
“ I enjoyed working for Dale and learning as well as listening to his stories. As a care giver I am blessed with acceptance and trust. Much to be thankful for. God truly puts angels in our lives to lead our way. I think I can speak for many in saying thank you all for sharing your father with us. Thoughts, prayers, & hugs as you face tough days ahead.”
- Sue Hirschberg

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 9:54 AM
“Much Love to all the Stumpf family. What a wonderful man. I am sure the reunion with Joan is joyous. Ypu have so many beautiful memories to cherish forever. ”
- Lori Bonnstetter

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 9:26 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and as I read your father's story of his life, I thought of three daughters I have met! I know why these sweet ladies are the way they are. God's peace knowing your Dad was a good and faithful servant and is with the Lord and loved ones. Letting you know I am thinking of you.”
- Teri Nemitz

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 11:25 PM
“Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dale. He was interested person to visit with.”
- Duane and Carol Bangtson

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 9:40 PM
“So very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Hugs to all”
- Kim and Amy Courter

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 8:19 PM
“Stumpf family, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.”
- Jody Monahan

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 7:22 PM
“Stumpf Family, so sorry for the passing of your Father. Dale and Joan were long time friends. They are together again and watching over all of you. God Bless 💕”
- Martin and Peggy Hildreth

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:30 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this difficult time. I'm sure he and Joan are happy to be together again. ”
- Ken & Colleen Monroe

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 5:54 PM
“Our sympathies to Dale’s family. ~John and Gayle J”
- Gayle Johnson

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 5:17 PM
“Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Wishing you comfort and peace at this time. ”
- Becky Waller

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 3:57 PM
“So sorry for the loss of your dad! But happy that he will be reunited with Joan. Blessings to all of you! Duane and Deb Benes ”
- Duane and Deb Benes

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 12:36 PM
“So sorry to hear of Dales passing.He will be missed by all. Scott Grant and family.”
- Scott Grant

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