The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


July 10, 2012

Dale E. Lenz

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — Nov. 29, 1914 - June 27, 2012

Dale E. Lenz, 97, of Hermosa Beach, California (formally of Rolfe, IA), passed away at Sunrise Assisted Living home, Hermosa Beach, CA., on June 27, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13th, at Lemke Funeral Homes — South Chapel (Westside of Clinton Lawn Cemetery). A visitation will take place three hours prior to the funeral service from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lemke Funeral Homes — South Chapel. Burial will take place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery immediately following the service. Lemke Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dale was born on November 29, 1914, in Okalona, MS. His parents, Henry and Clara Lenz lived there until March of 1915, when they moved back to Iowa.

Dale attended school in various Iowa towns, graduating in Nora Springs, IA in 1931. After graduation, Dale drove out to Montana to join his brother Jack to work on the pipeline. When that ended, Dale moved back to Iowa where he worked on a farm, eventually working on a farm near Low Moor, IA where he met his future wife, Helen Luse. After working in that area for about six years, Dale’s brother Clifton helped him rent a farm near Rudd, IA. He then married Helen on May 26, 1940. A daughter, Clara Ann was born to Dale and Helen on June 9, 1941.

After three years on the Rudd farm, Dale bought the farm near Rolfe, IA where they lived for nearly 57 years.

Dale retired in the fall of 1976, and enjoyed life traveling around the country. In 1997, Dale and Helen moved to California into a trailer park in Gardena. Following a broken hip in 2010, Dale and Helen moved into the Sunrise Assisted Living home, where Dale died on June 27, 2012.

Dale is survived by his wife Helen, his daughter Ann Zimmerli, two granddaughters, Tanya Zimmerli and Christina Libertini, and a great-grandson Matthias Libertini.

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Death date: June 27, 2012

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