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Dale W.

Dale W. Berndt

Whether or not we were ready, heaven needed this gruff angel.  Dale W. Berndt, age 75, passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2020 at his home. Beloved husband of Elaine Berndt for 48 years. Dear father of Shelly (Mark) Edwards and Sean (Briana) Berndt.  Exceptionally proud grandfather of Kade and Jase Edwards and Carter Berndt. Survived by other relatives and friends too numerous to list.

Dale proudly served his country in the US Army from 1965-1967. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, his willingness to drop anything to help anyone, his love for the outdoors, and his unique ability to provide advice or opinions regardless of the asking. Let’s not forget his coffee cup and the famous t-shirt “In Dog Years, I’m Dead” which mom had to buy in multiples because he wore them out.

Dale cherished most the time he spent with his family, especially his 3 grandsons. They will miss his hugs and watching his constant bantering with family and friends. Rest assured, your spirit, stubbornness, and your huge heart will live on through them. Rest in peace until we see you again…

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Sharing of happy memories always welcomed and embraced.


  1. Don & Jan Schmitt May 2, 2020 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Our prayers are with you. He was a wonderful man. You’ll have many memories to hold in your heart.

  2. Rick Dohrman May 2, 2020 at 8:16 pm - Reply


    The best friend and customer I could ever hope for! We shared many cigar’s and beers together. He will be greatly missed. Gone but never forgotten ! 🙏

  3. Sue & Rick Dohrman May 2, 2020 at 8:54 pm - Reply


    We had many good time’s and memories together. Especially, all our visits every year. All the fish frys and dinners were always great fun. We especially enjoyed the BBQ’s at their house with the whole family including their darling grandchildren. Your whole family is in our prayers.

  4. Rachel (Twist) Schoen May 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Sending prayers and love. Thinking of the whole family during this time.

  5. Todd, Deb, Autumn and Devon Berndt May 2, 2020 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Elaine, we are sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Debbie Davis May 2, 2020 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed talking with Dale, either at Marks & Shelly’s home or the kids sporting events or School activities .His sense of humor is like no others God most definitely will have his hands full with this character.
    I’m so sorry for your loss, he will be missed by many

  7. Ellen, Scott, Megan and Tucker LaRose May 3, 2020 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We miss seeing you all at overcrowded, hot, but still fun to watch AWC swim meets!

  8. Carole May 3, 2020 at 11:22 am - Reply

    my sincere sympathy for your loss.

  9. Randi Suttles May 3, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I worked with Dale in the ’80’s and ’90’s at Thiem where I was the HR Manager. At Christmas I put stockings up by every office door with the person’s name. Dale would only allow me to put one up for him because I put “Scrooge” on it instead of “Dale”. You were no Scrooge, Dale. Your heart was huge, your smile lit up the room, and you made the world a better place just by being here. Thank you for all of the great memories. My sincere condolences and prayers for all family and friends.

  10. Michelle Gehring May 3, 2020 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Shelly, so very sorry for your loss. Comfort and love to you and your family.

  11. James May 3, 2020 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I never managed to know Dale very well. But Dale was always kind and generous to me. A real human being that I’ll never forget. I am stricken and humbled by his loss. My condolences to the family and close friends. I share in your sadness. I pray for strength and comfort in this grievous time. Rest in peace, Dale.

  12. Kris Hansen May 3, 2020 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Dale will be greatly missed. We will miss his sense of humor. Prayers to all his family and friends.

  13. Jason Freitag May 4, 2020 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Sean, my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Julie Beckmann May 4, 2020 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Sean, I’m very sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  15. Mark Dempsey May 4, 2020 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Sean and Family – my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray your lifetime of memories help sustain you during this difficult time.

  16. Mary Felda May 4, 2020 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Sean – I am very saddened to hear of your loss. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  17. Greg Bennett May 4, 2020 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Very few people have come into my life who I can call a true friend, and I am blessed to have had Dale as such a friend. We shared many stories over the years. Every morning we would meet in the kitchen at work, where Dale would have a pot of coffee going. We would sit together and solve many of the world’s problems. I will miss my friend and shall never forget him. Until we meet again, my friend.

  18. Don and Jimin Karolewicz May 4, 2020 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Sean- We are really sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  19. Nick Kusko May 4, 2020 at 11:08 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathies for his family. This “gruff” old man played a part in a lot of happy childhood memories for me. As a young kid i always looked forward to going to dog trials, even more so when I new Dale was gonna be there because I knew that meant 1 of 2 things (or maybe both) was going to happen. Zebra striped gum with tattoos or a quick ride on the four wheeler from Dale was gonna happen. Dale will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  20. Jimmy Schuck May 4, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Dale you will be missed we didn’t see much of each other in the last years but i remember you as a friend of my parents and always had great advice for me thank you !

  21. Jim Scheffner May 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will run another brace when we met again up in that big field in the sky Rest In Peace my friend

  22. Missy Klein May 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I just heard the sad news. Although I hadn’t seen Dale in a while, I will surely never forget him. He was truly one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  23. George May 4, 2020 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Dale was a class act! We met through business back in the 80’s. Trustworthy, honorable, well respected.
    RIP MY friend.

  24. Char Gross (Schuck) May 4, 2020 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and all who knew him. He was a “one of a kind” person. I was lucky to know him, first as a co-worker and then as a friend. My entire family have many fond memories with his whole family. Wishing you all peace and comfort with your own great memories of your husband and father. Dale, RIP.

  25. Linda Nehmer May 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Elaine and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Dale was one of a kind. Thursday night Church will not be the same. His banter with everyone made us all smile.

  26. Deb Dlobik May 4, 2020 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Dale was like a Father to me, critical of dogs but gave you his heart! Sold me my first English Setter under the approval of his Beloved daughter and my best friend 25 plus years now! So many memories of multiple points of setters at Ottawa,Bong and numerous trips to the grouse woods and South Dakota! Dale always had a wise word to hang on to and a sarcastic comment remembering one of too many to write about , Muskie bait and my barn kittens and NEVER dump out the 3 day old coffee left over from a field trial!!! He was a tough old bird that always had his heart on his sleeve. I love ya , gonna miss ya and you will forever be in my heart!!!

  27. Jennifer Leinss May 4, 2020 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss! May God continue to grant you strength, healing, comfort, and peace during this transition. I will miss most his smiles and hugs that I got every Thursday night at church! Blessings!

  28. Jerri May 5, 2020 at 8:28 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Sean. May precious memories provide you and your family with a comforting bond at this time. You and your family will be in my prayers – blessings of peace.

  29. Alta Smith May 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Sending my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sean.

  30. Joan E Keller (Joni Schuck) May 5, 2020 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I’m truly sorry to hear the news of Dale’s passing. I remember his laugh the most. He and Elaine were close friends with my parents and I have fond memories of them either playing cards or up north. He taught me how to play cribbage. He insisted we play for money ( a quarter per game. I lost my whole allowance that weekend! I’m a pretty good player now because of him! RIP Dale.

  31. Roxanne Augustine May 5, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Sean – I’m truly saddened for your loss of your father. My thoughts are with you during this trying time.

  32. Stephaney Thomas May 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Sean, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you an your loved ones during this sad time.

  33. RUTH ROBLEE May 6, 2020 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Mike and Mary H. let us know of your very sad and sudden loss. We always enjoyed seeing you and Dale at any of their gatherings and remembering our days at Theim. God bless you and your family.

  34. Carolyn & Denny Kutz May 9, 2020 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Elaine, Shelly, Sean and your family…..We were so sorry to hear about Dale. May God give you comfort, knowing that Dale is with Our Lord in heaven (and teasing everyone, too). Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.

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