WASHTA -- Edward "Eddie" Leroy Dalton, 67, of Washta, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at his residence in Washta.
Edward was born Aug. 22, 1937, on a farm near Galeton, Colo., the son of Carl and Ruth (Klussman) Dalton. He grew up in Colorado and in 1952 moved to Iowa with his parents. He graduated from eighth grade from Kingsley school, and then worked on the farm with his dad.
On June 29, 1957, he was united in marriage to Collene Bride. He was skillful in many fields and was employed for a number of good employers, including Phil Grecken Trucking, Jasma Trucking, Page Lumber Co., Tom Flewelling, M&J Flewelling, Rohlin Construction and Bedrock Sand and Gravel. He also served as Kingsley constable.
After retiring in 1999, Eddie received two diplomas through home schooling, one in blade and tool sharpening and the other in locksmithing, and went on to operate a shop out of his home.
He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and Handyman of America. He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting and fishing. He will forever be remembered as head teacher of "Sunday School," Grandpa Turkey and his passion for gadgets, gizmos, toys and jokes.
Survivors include his wife, Collene; four sons and their spouses, Dale of Cherokee, Donnie and Teresa of Cherokee, Doug and Tammy of Cherokee and Danny of Quimby; one daughter, Debie and her husband, Tyson Stevenson of Quimby; eight grandchildren and their spouses: Becky Dalton and fiancÚ, Chad Garner of Sioux City, Jennifer and Barry Hoefs of Sheldon, Chris and Amy Stoltenburg and Jesse James Dalton, all of Cherokee, Devon Moon of Spirit Lake, Dylan Dalton and Carre and Tejay Stevenson, all of Quimby; five great-grandchildren: Cody Carlson, Austin and Alyssa Bainbridge, Mark and Sydney Stoltenburg; two brothers and their spouses, Fred and Linda Dalton, Tom and Sharon Dalton, all of Eaton, Colo.; five sisters and their spouses: Geraldine and Richard Kalas of Merrill, Bev and MIke Ruby of Blakesburg, Carla and Larry Giest of Greeley, Colo., Vicki and Terry Clark of Osseo, Wis., and Rhonda and Bill Sinner of Kearsey, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant children, Michael, Jackie and Denise; and one grandson, Dustin.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley with burial in Sunset Cemetery at Washta. Visitation begins after 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Rohde-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley.