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Dale Erling Wallin

October 21, 1929 — December 29, 2016

Funeral services for Dale Erling Wallin, age 87, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Glenville, Minnesota.  Rev. Nancy Hansen will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at

Dale died Thursday, December 29, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Dale Erling Wallin was born on October 21, 1929, the fourth son born to Rea L. and Mary (Lilleskau) Wallin at their rural Freeman Township, Freeborn County home. He was confirmed at Glenville First Lutheran Church and graduated 8th grade from School District 65 in 1943.  Dale loved inventing motorized bicycles, lawn mowers, and go-karts. On May 1, 1954, Dale married Irma J. Myers at 8:30 p.m. at Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church.  They farmed and lived on a small acreage in a small house personally built by Dale for two people for one year in Freeman Township.  They moved to Shell Rock Township where they lived and farmed for a year.  Dale and Irma then purchased land in Worth County and became “Iwegian Farmers.”  To this union 3 children were born, Thomas, Melanie, and Kyle. He enjoyed farming with Irma, raising chickens, hogs, milking a house cow to have milk and ice cream, sheep, and a cow/calf operation. Dale was proud of his kids.  He was a “big kid at heart” with snowmobiles, 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, mini-bikes, motorcycles, and go-karts all of which he enjoyed with his kids and grandkids.  Dale was often found giving his grandkids 4-wheeler rides.  He enjoyed cuckoo clocks and his passion was farming; he farmed up to the time of his passing.

Dale is survived by his wife, Irma; son, Thomas Wallin of Glenville; daughter, Melanie Jean (Doyle) Anderson of Sioux Rapids, Iowa; son, Kyle (Janet) Wallin of Northwood, Iowa; 9 grandchildren, Joshua, Tami, Ashton, Caleb, Whitney, Hayley, Morgan, Mitchell, and Reanna; sister, Violet (Eddie) Hanssen; brother, Arlo (Julie) Wallin; sisters-in-law, Susie Wallin, Vera Wallin, Ferne Virchow, Phyllis Lau, and Bonnie (Dick) Grass; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Bjorn Nelson, Glen Virchow, and Willis Lau; daughter-in-law, Janice Wallin; brothers, Merlin Wallin, Lyle (Arlene) Wallin, and Verl Wallin.

Blessed be his memory!
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