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Scotland Community Church
Thursday September 2nd, 2021

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Dale Alvin Stewart

Dale Stewart age 92 of Scotland, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society, Scotland.

Funeral services for Dale will be held Friday, September 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning two hours prior to the service. Services will be held at the Scotland Community Church in Scotland, South Dakota.

Casket bearers and honorary pallbearers include all of Dale‘s grandchildren. Dale’s burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Scotland with military honors by Scotland VFW Post 2966 and SD National Honors Guard. A light lunch will follow the interment. The family is encouraging masks and social distancing to protect those around you. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Dale Stewart was born June 3, 1929 in Ravinia, South Dakota to Ralph and Lillian (Caldwell) Stewart. The family then moved to Tyndall, South Dakota where he made many friends and begin courting the “love of his life” Ruth (Goeken) Stewart.

Dale went on with his adult life by joining the Army. In the Army, Dale was a combat engineer during the Korean War and operated large equipment in dangerous conflict conditions. Most of his time in Korea was spent on the front line, south of the 38th parallel. During these difficult years, Dale reached the rank of Sergeant and he was awarded the Korean service medal, United Nations service medal, two overseas bars and one bronze service star. Dale served in the armed services from July, 1951 to April, 1953. He came home on leave in November 1951 to marry Ruth. They made a life together for the next 62 years before Ruth’s passing on March 6, 2013.

During Dale’s life he had a passion for farming. His life revolved around the love of the land and everything that went with farming. He always laughed and commented that farming made him feel like he never worked a day in his life. His proudest moments were, reflecting on the fact, that his love of the land/farming was being passed down to his children and grandchildren.

Dale‘s grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him much joy. They always looked forward to tours of the farm and his famous tractor rides. So went the life of Great-grandpa Tuffy.

Grateful for sharing Dale‘s life are his five children, Linda (Dan) Custis of Custer, Lonna (Derrill) Hanson of Madison, Larry (Karen) Stewart of Scotland, Lee (Brenda) Stewart of Peachtree City, Georgia and Lyle (Janelle) Stewart of Peachtree City, Georgia; nine grandchildren, Jared (Margaret) Hanson of Berkeley, California, Trent (Kelly) Custis of Dallas, Texas, Janna (Nathan) Olson of Harrisburg, Tyler (Megan) Custis of Vermillion, Ashley (Tanner) Swanson of Yankton, Kyle (Paige) Stewart of Scotland, Dylan Stewart of Scotland, Olivia Stewart and Garrett Stewart of Peachtree City, Georgia. Great-grandchildren include, Miles Hanson, Charlotte and Henry Custis, Jayci and Paxton Olson, Knox and Brooks Custis, Lucy and Sylvie Swanson and Lance and Coby Stewart.

Dale's special friends/caregivers were Jody and Nicole.

Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents, Ralph and Lillian and his siblings, Margaret and Don.

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Service Program


Dale I was really glad to of met you or your stay at the society. After reading your announcement here I always thank the people I meet for their service for our country. If I known this when you had come to the Good Samaritan I
Would have told you this personally. You will also be greatly missed you was a very nice man .

Becky Wagner Sep 12 2021 5:19 PM

It was a honor spending time with Dale through the years. I loved to listen to his stories about farming, the house he lived in, and of his beloved wife. After the Presbyterian Church closed, it was a joy to welcome him in as family at the church I served. I enjoyed greeting him each week in his back pew, and sitting with him and his family around the kitchen table at his home. I praise God for his faith in Jesus and the new life that I know he shares in glory!

Rev. Ron Shifley Sep 10 2021 4:54 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy
Frank and Joanie Kloucek and Family

Frank Kloucek Sep 10 2021 12:51 PM

Hugs and prayers to all of the family of Dale. He always had a smile on his face when I saw him, he will be missed. God Bless all of your family!

Shirley Herrboldt Sep 10 2021 11:23 AM

Our sincere sympathy to the family of Dale Stewart

John and Janice Kelley Sep 7 2021 6:10 PM

Thinking of all of you. Keeping you in our prayers.
Brad and Karol Brodersen

Karol Brodersen Sep 7 2021 9:32 AM

My prayers to all of you Dale will be missed he was a very good friend of my husband Fred who passed away 2018
They served together in Korea and had many memories of that time
may God be with you

Clarice Haan Sep 6 2021 2:08 PM

Thoughts and prayers to all the Stewart family. We so enjoyed getting to know Dale and Ruth when they visited Lonna and Derrill's for holidays. His laughter could fill the room. Such a special man.

Melanie and Wally Doppenberg Sep 6 2021 11:37 AM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Patricia Harper. Group of 50 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Dale Stewart.

Patricia Harper Sep 6 2021 10:59 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dale Stewart

Tammy Houska Sep 4 2021 12:04 PM

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