On May 7, 2011 the world lost a wonderful man. Dale was a retired third generation farmer, lifelong resident of New Richland, who raised hogs, loved his chickens, took great pride in his perfect fields. Dale was born to Seth and Sara Winegar on November 15, 1923. He was preceded in death by Catherine Doyle Winegar after 38 years of marriage.
An avid hunter and fisherman his whole life, Dale was also a prolific gardener and a bird-watcher. He was a Texas Hold ‘Em champ, and there was no better entertainment than watching a good Twins, Vikings, or New Richland Cardinals game.
Dale was unassuming and strong-willed; he survived 5 different cancers. He taught us to accept fate with good humor and without complaint. There is an empty chair at the farmers’ table of wisdom at Blondie’s café.
He is survived by his wife, Verona Tufte Winegar; they married on September 29, 1990.
Those fortunate to call him Dad were: Dr. Patty (Tom) Kingston, Dr. David Winegar, (Dan and Merideth-- Max, Odin, Dr. Joe and Christy, Mike, and Steve), Dennis (Jamie) Winegar (Dr. Blair, Devon, and Logan), Dr. Terry (Judi) Winegar (Jake and Luke), Dr. Carol (Mike Trenholm) Winegar, Sally (Mark) Hentges (Maddie, Molly, Sam).
Step-Children include: Gloria and Jim (Tony Thompson (Abbey)) Kuehn, Brad and Jannell (Jessica (Rob)(Braxton), Justin) Tufte, Joyce and Dale (Tyler and Derik Sorenson) Meldahl and great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Crossroads Community Hospice, 1705 Southeast Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007, Community Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at Bonnerup Funeral Home, New Richland, MN.
Funeral 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Community Lutheran Church, Geneva.