May 31, 2013


Paul Dale "P. Dale" Gronemeyer, 90, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt, Iowa.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at St. Martin Catholic Church in Odebolt with Father Richard Ball officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Martin Catholic Cemetery with presentation of the flag by American Legion Post 313 of Odebolt. Vigil services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, at St. Martin Catholic Church with a celebration of life from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home of Odebolt.

Dale was born in Odebolt, on Feb. 19, 1923, a son of Paul Jacob "P.J." and Irene Hulda (Freese) Gronemeyer. Dale graduated from Odebolt High School in 1940 after spending his entire youth in Odebolt. After a short time working in an aircraft factory in Baltimore, Dale enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 8, 1942.

In the Navy, Dale served on the USS Topeka, being discharged on April 6, 1946. One of the highlights of Dale's time in the service was to be one of the first ships to bomb the mainland of Japan at the end of World War II. After the war, Dale returned to Odebolt, where he began his career in construction.

On Dec. 27, 1949, Dale married Marjory Zane Belt at St. Mary Catholic Church in Auburn. They were blessed with three children: Steven Dale, John Todd and Sue Zane.

Dale and Marge raised their families and retired in Odebolt. Dale believed strongly in supporting local businesses and the community. As a businessman, he and others sponsored an annual watermelon feed and fireworks on the 4th of July, and he contributed regularly to community projects. In addition to his monetary support, Dale often donated his construction talents and time to work on community projects.

Dale and Marge enjoyed visiting many countries around the globe and opened their home to four foreign-exchange students as well. Dale liked to hunt and fish, garden, build, do crossword puzzles and watch nature. He served on the Sac County Conservation Board for several years, continuing to give of his time and effort for extra projects that helped beautify Sac County.

Dale is survived by his son, Steven Dale Gronemeyer and his wife Mary of O'Fallon, Mo,, and their children, Melody Moore, Ben and Gabe Gronemeyer; his son, John Todd Gronemeyer of Jewell, Iowa; his daughter, Sue Beers and her husband Richard of Jewell, Iowa, and their children Paul Beers and wife Shelley and Callie Zane Stein and her husband Kevin; six great-grandchildren: Trevor, Austin, Jaiden, Kadon, Carly and Rhyan; his sister, Marion Ries of Denison, Iowa; sister-in-law Dolores Gronemeyer of Ames, Iowa; brother Donald Gronemeyer of Odebolt, Iowa; many extended family members, including their four foreign-exchange students: Martine, Celso, Otavio and Mala.

Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Marjory Zane; his father Paul Jacob "P.J." Gronemeyer; his mother, Irene (Freese) Gronemeyer; his father-in-law, Floyd Belt; his mother-in-law, Ruby Coyne; his step-mother-in-law, Ethel Belt; his stepmother, Leota Gronemeyer; two brothers, Lyle Gronemeyer and Tom Gronemeyer; two brothers-in-law, John Hunt and Donald Ries; and his sister-in-law, Ruth Gronemeyer.