Dale Burnham age 91 of Walnut Grove passed away peacefully Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne with family by his side. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 31 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Burial is in North Hero Township Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dale Burnham was born May 8, 1922 in Rochester, Minnesota to Cleo (Paa) and Dale Burnham. Dale, as a toddler, moved to Walnut Grove with his mother, brother Dean and sister Dolores. Cleo married Ernest Schultz, who farmed north of town. Four brothers and sisters were born into this union. Dale attended country school #116 and later Walnut Grove public school. On June 25, 1944, he was inducted into the Army at Ft. Snelling, MN. Dale served with Company E 126th Infantry Regiment 32nd Division. Dale was a decorated combat infantry rifle marksman who fought in the battle of Luzon. He received several medals during his service, being most proud of being awarded the Bronze Star Medal “for meritorious achievement against the armed enemy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operation.” Following discharge from the Army on May 11, 1946, Dale returned to Walnut Grove and began farming. On September 14, 1946, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Good. Two daughters were born to this union. In addition to farming, Dale also worked for ASCS and as an adjuster for MaKarrall Agency in Redwood Falls. During his life, Dale was a vital and contributing member of the community. He was a member of English Lutheran Church, Walnut Grove Development Corporation, 67-year member of Alfred Nelson American Legion Post 267, and a founding member of Walnut Grove Lions Club. Fishing (winter or summer) and playing cards were his favorite pastimes. In later years, Dale and Dorothy spent enjoyable winters in Arizona. Following Dorothy’s death in 2007, Dale spent his remaining years in assisted living and nursing care facilities.
Dale is survived by daughters Stephanie of Walnut Grove and Shari of Tucson, AZ; brothers: Joe (Carol) Burnham of Rochester, Robert (Judy) Schultz of Walnut Grove, and Richard Schultz of Balaton; brother-in-law William Posthumas of Rochester; and an abundance of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, parents, brother Dean Burnham, and sisters Dolores (Bert) Beens, Alice Posthumas, and Arlene (Walter) Anderson, and former brother-in-law Manfred Smaaladen.