March 10, 2014


Dale M. Hanson, 87, of Carroll, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Ramsey Village Retirement Community in Des Moines.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll with Pastor Brian Licht officiating.

Casket bearers will be Dale's grandchildren and spouses. Honorary casket bearers will be the officers of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and officers of the Iowa Highway Patrol. Dale's favorite team was the Cardinals and the color red. The family cordially invites all attending his funeral to wear red to the service.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven with military honors conducted by the Ruthven American Legion.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when visitation will resume. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Dale's name, and memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church. Online condolences may be left for Dale's family at

Born March 12, 1926, at Graetteinger, Iowa, he was a son of Merl L. and Clara E. (Geil) Hanson. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Ruthven and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1943. Dale married Lorraine E. Monk on June 4, 1946, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Des Moines. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945-47 as an aerial photographer. After their marriage, Dale and Lorraine made their home in Sheldon, Iowa, where he worked as a photo engraver and city police officer for eight years. In 1956 they moved to Carroll where Dale worked for the Iowa Highway Patrol, badge 159, until he retired in 1980. Dale also owned and operated Rod's Key Service for over 30 years.

He coached Carroll Little League baseball and Rec Center basketball for over 35 years. In 1969, Dale took his team "The Cardiac Kids" to the state tournament and won the runner-up trophy. He also had a very successful winning record while coaching the girls' fifth- and sixth-grade Rec leagues. Dale enjoyed officiating boys' baseball, girls' softball, boys' and girls' basketball, and men's 16-inch slow-pitch softball. He also officiated men's 16-inch slow-pitch softball at the state and national levels.

Dale collected antique clocks and was handy at building and repairing clocks. For his 60-year class reunion, Dale made clocks for each attendee. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the Carroll Chamber of Commerce in 1985 and was a member of American Legion.

He enjoyed gardening and raising both flowers and vegetables. Dale kept tomato seeds from year to year and boasted about the huge tomatoes he grew. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Dale loved to reminisce about the places he hunted and fished at as a kid.

Dale is survived by his wife Lorraine of 67 years; two daughters: Sheryl L. Miller and her husband John Jr. of Windsor Heights, Iowa, and Jayne S. Hanson and her husband Barry Kohnke of Carroll; son Rod Hanson and his wife Wendy of West Des Moines, Iowa; seven grandchildren: Army Maj. John P. Miller III (currently serving in Afghanistan) and his wife Mollie of Urbandale, Iowa, Matthew Miller and his wife Sarah of Johnston, Iowa, Mandy S. Cooper and her husband Kenny of Des Moines, Iowa, Stefanie A. Hoevelkamp and her husband Air Force Maj. Nathan of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kyle Hanson and his wife Julie of West Des Moines, Iowa, Dana N. Hanson of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Navy Hospitalman Joel P. Hanson (currently serving in Fayetteville, N.C.); eight great-grandchildren: Emma, John P. IV, Evan, Macy, Preston Dale, Spencer, Larkyn and Meyer; two sisters: Mavis Eide of Estherville, Iowa, and Sarah Schmidt of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.; a brother Dean Hanson and his friend Mary Thomas of Estherville, Iowa; two sisters-in-laws: Nancy Hanson of Glidden, Iowa, and Lillian Wolff of Spencer, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents Merl and Clara Hanson and a brother Wayne Hanson.