Dale E. Jakel

Dale JakelDale Ernest Jakel came into this world on October 30

Dale Ernest Jakel came into this world on October 30, 1930 in Curtiss, Wisconsin. Dale passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at his home in Adams, Wisconsin. He was the 7th child born to Anna Theresa (Wasmuth) and Charles Jakel. In all, he had 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

In 1949, Dale graduated from Abbotsford High School. During his high school years, his summers were spent in Kingfisher, Oklahoma working for his brother-in-law and sister (Paul and Lucille Stiner). He followed the wheat harvest from Oklahoma to the northern United States at the end of each summer.

In 1951, Dale enlisted in the Navy Seabees and proudly served in La Crosse, Cuba, and Guam. He received an honorable discharge in 1955.

In 1952, Dale met the love of his life on a blind date. Dale and Rita (Hirt) exchanged eternal vows in 1956 at Holy Rosary Church in Medford, Wisconsin. The most important thing to Dale from the day he said I do, to the day he took his last breath, was taking care of his beautiful bride.

Dale graduated from UW Stevens Point in 1959 with a degree in Conservation. After graduation, he worked for the National Park Service. In 1963, Dale obtained his dream job as a Soil Scientist for the USDA. Before retiring in 1993, he moved his family 15 times due to transfers with his job. Dale had a passion for his job and took immense pride in the contributions he made to the Wisconsin agricultural community.

Dale and Rita had 4 kids, John (Mavis) Jakel of Chippewa Falls, Ann (Peggy) Jakel Stormoen of Sun Prairie, Karen (Lance) Hover of Friendship, Laura (Amy) Pascoe of Sheboygan. Dale bestowed upon his children Christian values, the importance of education, a strong work ethic, passion for the outdoors, and love of card games and ping pong (even how to cheat a little if needed). One of his greatest joys was watching the Cubs win the World Series. He found pleasure and fulfillment in the many hours he and Rita spent volunteering in Barron, Wisconsin.

Dale was very proud of all his beautiful granddaughters Mary Parker, Christine Wathke, Dr. Leah Hover-Preiss and Dayle Rhinehart. They had a very special place in his heart. He often told each one of them that she was his favorite. He was blessed with 5

great-grandchildren, Teresa, Adalyn, Emma, Aiden, and Harper. They find peace in knowing they have a special angel watching over them now.

He was welcomed into heaven by his daughter-in-law (Mavis), mother, father, 8 siblings (Arnold, Elmer, Elaine, Lucille, Carl, Bob, Dennis, and Beatrice), and his in-laws (Clara and Louis Hirt, Lester Hirt and Patty George) along with other family and friends.

Those here to carry on his legacy and share his many amazing stories include his wife, four children, four granddaughters, five great-grandchildren, in-laws (Bernice Jakel, Willis Duncan, Joan & Robert Ness) many nieces and nephews, and all the people he welcomed into his circle of family.

Services will be held at a later date at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Friendship. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure SMA at or Cure SMA, 925 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. This charity was dear to Dale’s heart as his great-granddaughter lives with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).


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WSPSS Fall Tour 9/27/2019 Heil Ginseng and Hemp Farm, Edgar WI

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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in General


WSPSS Meeting 9/27/2019

WSPSS Spring Meeting –September 27, 2019,   9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.WSPSS Fall Meeting Adgenda 9-27-19 (002)

Heil Ginseng Enterprises, Inc.

1313 S 3rd Ave Edgar, WI 54426


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tour of Hemp production Facility located at Heil Ginseng Enterprises, Inc. followed by offsite tour of Ginseng Field. Carpooling required to Ginseng Field

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch at Oak Street Pavilion Park in Edgar located approximately 1 mile north of Heil Ginseng

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Business Meeting

3:00 p.m. Adjourned

Meet at:

Heil Ginseng Enterprises, Inc.

1313 S 3rd Ave

Edgar, WI 54426

Cost of lunch is $5.00 per person to be paid at the meeting. Lunch will consist of Pizza


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Delbert Davis Thomas June 28, 1921 – September 9, 2019


Delbert D. Thomas passed away peacefully on Monday September 9th, 2019.

He was born on June 28, 1921 on a farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin to Frank and Eva (Davis) Thomas. He graduated from Baraboo High with the class of 1938. WWII interrupted his college education and he served in both the European and Asiatic Theaters and was awarded a Bronze Star in combat in Germany.

After WWII he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Soils Science at University of Madison graduating in 1948. He married Evelyn Clark in Baraboo on May 28, 1946. After a distinguished career with the Soils Conservation Service he retired in 1980 after 31 years of service.

During his years with the SCS he was instrumental in forming the Wisconsin Society of Professional Soil Scientists and enjoyed educating others in environmental and conservation concerns. He was an advocate of public service and Senior issues and served on the boards of L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Altoona, Golden Oaks II Housing Authority, Wisconsin Coalition of Aging Groups, and NARFE a federal retiree’s organization.

He was proud of his military service to his country and a lifetime member of the Altoona VFW Post. He and his wife Evelyn enjoyed travel, outdoor activities and spending winters in Florida until her death.

In addition of his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, and his siblings, Gordon, Harold, Phyllis, and Floyce and their spouses, and nephew Gordon Jr.

He is survived by daughter Linda (Charles) Mueller, grandsons Matthew (Brandi) Mueller, Brandon (Shannon) Mueller, Andrew (Nikki) Mueller, and great-grandchildren Jaidon, Ethan, Keegan, Grandt, Brayden, Aubrey and Violet Mueller. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their extended families. Although in his later years he wasn’t able to travel Delbert always enjoyed staying in touch with his extended family through the family’s Round Robin Letter.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 23rd at 11:00 am at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake Street, Eau Claire, Wi . Visitation will be from 9:30 until the time of service at the church on Monday.

Delbert was a believer in community service and military veterans’ affairs, please feel free to donate to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at


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