Dale Fitzgerald, 60, formerly of Manson, passed on December 8th, 2018 after an abrupt battle of cancer. Dale was born on July 1, 1958 in Fort Dodge, Ia. He graduated from Manson Senior High in 1976.
Funeral services will be held on Sat. Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Manson, with visitation at the church before the service from 9:00 until 11:00.
Dale will be lovingly remembered by his parents Teresa and Bob Sexton of Manson, IA; brothers Dic (Peg); Don (Melody); Dennis of Manson, IA; and Larry (Anne) of Lawrence, KS; sisters Mary (Randy) Bennett of Ft. Dodge, IA; Diane Fitzgerald and Liz Markert of Manson, IA. Aunt Margaret Fitzgerald, several nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers, friends and companion Sherry Cleland of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his father Richard; brother Bill and sister-in-law Connie; sister Pat Whitlatch; brother Dave; niece Emily Markert; and great nephew Henry Dane Wheeler.
Dale was one of eleven children! He had four sisters that watched over him,
4 brothers to follow and 2 brothers to lead. Now that in itself had to be exciting and exhausting! He admired his older brothers’ talent on the football field and loved that he was part of the fearless team.
Dale worked in Manson at Feed Fortifiers for many years. He later moved to Des Moines and most recently was a foreman to the SRL Ventures business serving as a compassionate guide for his coworkers.
Dale was an avid Iowa fan and loved to watch any sport on TV. He loved the outdoors, he loved to cook and spend time with his family and friends. His family was important to him - he especially loved his nieces and nephews and he was always proud of what they did and who they are.
He enjoyed being a volunteer at Emily’s 5K walk/run annual event.
This past September he enjoyed a weekend trip with his brothers to Indiana to experience the wonders of Notre Dame. That trip will hold valuable memories for years to come.
Dale would humbly do selfless acts of kindness for many and was committed to the genuine and compassionate care he gave to others. He didn't criticize others. He had many hardships and struggles, but truly was amazing when you reflect on all of the life challenges he was able to tackle alone.
And now the earthly final chapter for Dale has come to an end.
Dale no longer has to look over his back for those who hate,
Dale no longer has to look down at past failures,
Dale no longer has to look in the mirror and see that times moves too fast.
Dale can now look up and see the light that brings him to peace.