Published 1:00 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Dale Armstrong, 78, passed peacefully in the presence of his immediate family at Valley Regional Hospital in Brownsville, Texas. Dale and his wife, Laurel, were in their 22nd year of wintering on South Padre Island in Texas. Cause of death was complications due to pneumonia.
Dale grew up in Hopkins and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. After studying chemistry, he became a science teacher and worked 35 years, dedicating his life to enriching his students in Waseca. He loved teaching. Since Dale retired 22 years ago, he and Laurel spent time between wintering in South Padre Island, summer fun at the family cabin in northern Minnesota and their home in Victory, Wisconsin. Their 54 years of dedication to each other along with faith, family and children, is the legacy they pass on as the family expands across Minnesota, Wisconsin and California.
He was a father and friend of many. He loved and introduced his children to the outdoors and to the tangible things of life. He helped his father build the cabin on Big Turtle Lake in northern Minnesota. He raised his family in the country in Waseca. He loved gardening and spending the summers vacationing with his family. Dale lived life to the fullest and did everything with gusto, even up to the end of this life. He brought fishing gear, a tennis racket and camping gear for tenting out West for the month of March. His energy and drive for life will always be an inspiration to everyone.
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He is survived by his wife, Laurel; children Jim (Cathy) Armstrong, Sally (Jose) Segura and Susan (Jeffery) Poulin; sister, Bonnie (Winston) Weaver; and six grandchildren, Lydia (24), Samuel (22), Benjamin (20), Jesse (18), Jose (8) and Sebastian (4).
He was preceded in death by his parents Sylvia and Vern Armstrong.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Connect Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of the service. Burial will be at a later date.