Dale Byrd, 83, Kenmare, joined his only true love, Carol, for eternal life on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Mohall.
Dale Rodney Byrd was born March 16, 1929, the son of Lawrence and Lydia (Hanson) Bird, in Kenmare. He was raised on the family farm north of Kenmare and attended rural schools in the area. In his early years he worked on the family farm with his parents and drove school bus.
Dale joined the Army in February of 1951. He proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in February of 1953. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to the Kenmare area.
Dale married Carol M. Gravesen Nov. 26, 1954, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Kenmare. They lived west of Kenmare for the first years of their marriage and then moved to their family farm north of Kenmare, where they farmed and raised cattle. Together they raised four wonderful daughters, and had many good years together. During this time, Dale drove bus for the Kenmare Public Schools.
In October of 2007, they sold the farm and moved into Kenmare. On Nov. 9, 2009, Carol passed away. He continued to make a loving home for his family where they returned often. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandson, Mike.
He enjoyed playing cards, birdwatching, telling stories, and going for morning coffee. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Kenmare, where he served as a deacon and served on the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Board for many years. He was also a member of the Kenmare American Legion Post #64.
It was a long bumpy road soldier, but now you are free. You will always be our hero.
Those who shared in his life: daughters, Nancy (Cliff) Longre, Lincoln, Marla Byrd, Bottineau, Lorri (Bill) Prevost, Lansford, and Sandy (Dennis) Heidel, Kenmare; one grandson, Mike (Cheyenne) Heidel, Mandan; brother, Donald Byrd, Minot; sisters, Marcella (LeRoy) Nettles, Grass Valley, Calif., and Marlyn (Don) Conlin, Thompson Falls, Mont.; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Dale was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia; father, Lawrence; stepmother, Ella; wife, Carol; and brothers, Dean and Vernon.
Funeral: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Kenmare.
Burial: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Kenmare.
Visitation: At Dale's request, his casket will be closed. Friends may sign the register book today, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Dale may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).