Gale Walter Dolch
Gale Walter Dolch, 90, of Atlantic, a life long Cass and Montgomery County farmer, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa.
Gale Walter Dolch was born to Walter and Laura (Shafer) Dolch January 21, 1921 on the family farm in Noble Center Township. After attending country school, he graduated from Grant High School in 1939. In 1941, he attended aeronautical school in Lincoln, NE where he trained as a mechanic.
Gale was married to Maxine Bode May 27, 1942 in Omaha, NE. Gale and Maxine farmed in the Cass/Montgomery County area until retiring in 2002. Their union was blessed with three sons: Stephen Gale, Vincent Clark, and Wesley Mark.
He enjoyed picking corn by hand, working on machinery, raising Angus cattle, ATV pulls, rodeos, and especially took pleasure in his work horses. In his earlier years, he was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and enjoyed traveling to many states, Canada, and Africa. In recent years, his greatest joy has been his grandchildren. He loved attending their sporting events and FFA activities.
Gale's survivors include Maxine, his wife of 69 years; sons, Stephen (Linda) Dolch of Morton's Mill/Villisca; Vincent (Becky) Dolch of Elliott, and W. Mark (Priscilla) of Story City; granchildren, Matthew (Fiancée, Bryttni Westlake), Michael, Marshall, Mikayla, Clark, Jared, Dylan, Loren (Laura), Kara (Fiancé, Justin Griggs), and Dana Dolch; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Betty and Dula Thompson of Lewis, and sister's-in-law, Arlene Jahnke of Atlantic and Janet Dolch of Cumberland; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Bernice Adams; his brother, Boyd; a sister in infancy; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Elsie Bode.