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Dale Norman Eckerson

July 13, 1930 January 12, 2016
Dale Norman Eckerson
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Obituary for Dale Norman Eckerson

Worthington, MN


      Dale Norman Eckerson was born on July 13, 1930, in Omaha, NE, the son of Ray and Vendla (Roos) Eckerson. As a child the family moved to Worthington, MN, where he attended country school. Dale married Gertrude Schaap on March 3, 1951. Following their marriage they made their home in Worthington. Dale devoted his life to the Lord. He was a lifelong member at Solid Rock Assembly where he served in many capacities.

      Dale started Dale N. Eckerson Construction in the late 1950’s and built several hundred homes in the Worthington area. He retired from construction at the age of 72 years.

      Dale loved spending time with his family, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Dale enjoyed gardening, listening to the Twins, and watching the Vikings. He spent many hours putting puzzles together and loved showing them to anyone who came to visit. Dale passed away on January 12, 2016, at the age of 85.

      Dale is survived by his wife, Gertrude of Worthington, MN; three children and their spouses, Randy and Nancy Eckerson of Rochester, MN, Joan and Rolf Mahlberg of Worthington, MN, and David and Vickie Eckerson of Rochester, MN; eight grandchildren, Nathan and Amy Mahlberg, Jonathan and Anna Mahlberg, Samantha Hedwall, Ryan and Jamie Mahlberg, Sarah and Stephen Herrmann, Joel Eckerson, Miranda Eckerson, and Melissa Eckerson; great grandchildren include, Lilly, Ethan, Claire, Ben, Brody, Wilson, Macie, Annabelle, Sophie, and Greta; three siblings, Russell Eckerson, Sidney Eckerson, and Beverly Hutt, and numerous other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Betty Baum, Stanley Eckerson, Merle Eckerson, (Baby) Ruth Eckerson, Byron Eckerson, June Miller, and Rose Novak.

      Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Scott Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to his church, Solid Rock Building Fund.

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