Redfield, SD-Dale Edward Marlow, 97, of Redfield died Thursday, August 4, 2022 on his 97th birthday, at Faulkton Senior Living. At his request, no funeral service will be held and burial will be a private family ceremony.
Dale Edward Marlow was born on August 4, 1925 to Ben and Rose Marlow in Redfield, he grew up on a farm near Zell, SD along with two brothers and four sisters. He joined the United States Navy during WWII and served on the destroyer USS Small, cruising in the Mediterranean. Returning to Redfield with an honorable discharge, he soon bought Westside Texaco, which he operated until the early 1960’s. He then made the transition from oil and grease to coat and tie, selling clothes at Kenny’s Apparel until the store closed in the early 1980’s. His final career move was to the maintenance department at the State Hospital and School, where he spent seven years.
Dale was united in marriage to Virginia Blaedorn in February 1950. They were wed almost 72 years when she passed away February 2022.
In his private life, Dale was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and shooting, both at game and targets, boating, and skiing on Cottonwood Lake. He took flying lessons beginning in 1948, earned his private pilot’s license, and bought an Aeronca Champ. His final flight was on Christmas Day 1966.
Dale joined the Redfield Fire Department in July 1950 and served until September 1975, the last five years as Chief.
Dale is survived by his children, Claudia (Bill) Stoner, Renetta Marlow and Brian (Ann) Marlow; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Viola, Elinor and Donna.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Virginia, brothers, Howard and Vern and sister, Mildred.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.